VAN NUYS, Calif., June 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Faced with claims in federal court in New York by an artist claiming that his drawings are the basis for the wildly successful Bratz® dolls, MGA Entertainment is returning to its trusted trial counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.
MGA has enjoyed a long relationship with Skadden, Arps that began when the New York powerhouse firm handled the first trial in the highly-publicized "battle of the dolls" with Mattel, Inc. That relationship continued with Skadden assisting in MGA's successful appeal of the verdict in the first Mattel trial before the Ninth Circuit. While Skadden was not lead counsel on the retrial, it provided significant and invaluable assistance during the retrial, which resulted in a verdict of $88.5 million, plus potentially punitive damages and attorneys' fees.
Isaac Larian, Founder and CEO of MGA Entertainment, was happy to announce that the two lead lawyers from Skadden, who have worked tirelessly on the Mattel litigation, were returning to MGA's defense in the Belair action:
"Thomas Nolan and Jason Russell, partners at Skadden, Arps, are committed to excellence and focused on creative solutions for their clients. Skadden Arps, Tom, Jason and Hillary Hamilton are a few notches above some of the other law firms we have dealt with. There is no question in my mind that without their support over the past three years, we would not have won the case. Tom and Jason have been with MGA every step of the way, from opening arguments in the first MGA trial to writing compelling briefs and making winning arguments on our behalf through the conclusion of the retrial with Mattel. We could not have prevailed without them. While the Skadden team has remained intimately involved in Bratz litigation behind the scenes over the last several years, we are thrilled to have them as attorneys of record on our matters once again."
As the defense of the Belair v. MGA matter continues, MGA will mount a vigorous defense against the plaintiff's allegations. And with Skadden by its side, MGA is confident that it will prevail.
MGA had been represented by Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.
SOURCE MGA Entertainment