January 24, 2013

Ninth Circuit wipes out $80 million punitive damages award in Bratz litigation

In 2011 we reported on the massive judgment against Mattel in its battle with rival toymaker MGA over the Bratz line of dolls and accessories.  The judgment included $80+ million in compensatory damages, $80+ million in punitive damages, and $140 million in attorneys' fees.

With a judgment like that, you might expect the appeal to result in a lengthy opinion.  Nope.  The Ninth Circuit needed only nine pages to completely vacate the compensatory and punitive damages and a portion of the fee award.