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Orrick Seeks to Withdraw from Bratz Case, Cites $1.2M in Unpaid Fees

Posted Jun 3, 2011 6:59 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Another law firm representing Bratz doll manufacturer MGA Entertainment is claiming the company isn’t paying its legal bills.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe is seeking to withdraw from representing MGA in a second case after helping the company win $88.5 million in a retrial over rights to Bratz doll profits, the National Law Journal reports. Orrick claims more than $1.2 million in unpaid legal fees.

The $88.5 million verdict was a stunning reversal of fortune for the toy maker. Mattel won $100 million in a first trial based on a claim that MGA’s Bratz doll designer had thought of the concept while working at Mattel. MGA won in the second trial based on its counterclaim alleging a toy-spying conspiracy by Mattel.

The second case involves a claim that the Bratz doll designer stole the concept from ads for Steve Madden shoes using images that had been copyrighted by the artist.

Former MGA law firm O'Melveny & Myers has also sued for unpaid fees, claiming it is owed $10.2 million.

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