A federal jury ruled against Mattel Thursday, awarding damages to MGA Entertainment in the latest twist in a dispute over the ownership of Bratz, the most popular dolls since Barbie.
The Bratz go back to MGA Entertainment, after an appeals court overturned the 2008 ruling that gave Mattel ownership of the dolls that dethroned Barbie.
The long-awaited recovery is now under way, but it's a slow, painful slog that's short on animal spirits and long on a drumbeat of numbers that mostly shift from dreadful to less depressing.
There are still 10 months and 10 days until Christmas. But investors in toy companies are already in a festive, holiday mood.
It's the size of a credit card and about as slim as a cell phone. But the coolest feature of Mattel's new Hot Wheels ride is its 3D action: Push a button and the "flat" car pops up into a remote-control vehicle.
Toymaker Mattel Corp. agreed Friday to pay $2.3 million in civil penalties for violating a federal lead paint ban that resulted in the recall of millions of its Barbie, Dora and other popular-branded toys in 2007.
A federal jury has awarded Mattel Inc. $100 million in damages in a federal copyright lawsuit that pitted the house of Barbie against MGA Entertainment Inc., the maker of the saucy Bratz dolls
Many American families are already digging deep to pay for gas and food. Now they can add toys to the list of products they will be paying more for in 2008.
Bob Eckert, the chairman and CEO of Mattel, will never forget the way he spent his 53rd birthday August 14. He sat in front of a television camera set up in a conference room in Mattel's headquarters in El Segundo, Calif. Talking into the dark lens, he delivered the same bad news over and over, in as many live newscasts as he could: Mattel was recalling 18.2 million toys, the most in company history, because of lead paint and design flaws, and there could be more recalls to come.
Popular social networking site Facebook has been asked to remove the Scrabulous game from its Web site by the makers of Scrabble, agencies have reported.
The CEO of Mattel Inc. insisted Tuesday that his company has "rigorous standards" and apologized as the company was forced to recall millions of toys for the second time in two weeks.
CNN's Allan Chernoff reports on reactions from the public, government and Mattel after the company's latest toy recall.
Even though Mattel CEO Robert Eckert tried to pacify analysts on Monday by saying that "the recalls are behind us," in reality, those recalls are the least of its problems as the toymaker gears up for the critical holiday shopping season.
Mattel Inc., the world's largest toy maker, is nursing a black-eye after a series of high-profile recalls this summer. But some industry experts think the worst is over for the company and that the stock is now a bargain for long-term investors.
Georgia mom finds out kids tested positive for lead. What does it mean? CNN's Rusty Dornin reports.
More toys with lead-contaminated paint will be recalled in the coming weeks, a source with knowledge of the announcements said Wednesday.
Christine Romans reports on Mattel's unprecedented apology to Beijing for lead-tainted and dangerous toys.
Analysis: The company admits that most of its toy recalls were due to its own design flaws, not Chinese manufacturers. Lesson: Mattel needs China as much as China needs Mattel
Mattel Inc. tried to save face Friday with Chinese officials, taking the blame for the recent recalls of millions of Chinese-made toys as it strives to mend a strained relationship with the nation that makes most of its toys and fattens its profit.
There will be additional recalls of toys with lead-contaminated paint in "the coming weeks," a source with knowledge of the coming announcements told CNN Wednesday.
Mattel CEO Robert Eckert made another public apology Wednesday over unsafe toys that were made in China, and sought to convince a Senate panel that the company was determined to avoid more recalls in the future.
Mattel and its CEO will face questions from House and Senate panels in the coming weeks about procedures for alerting federal regulators about hazardous toys and the problems of recalls of products made in China, according to a published report.
Mom confronts Mattel in person
The Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Mattel Inc., announced late Tuesday that it is recalling about 700,000 Chinese-made toys that have excessive amounts of lead paint.
Toy inspectors set fire to Elmo's bulging white eyes, tugged on Dora the Explorer's arms and scraped paint off a Barbie play set -- tests they called a routine part of efforts to make sure Chinese products are safe for American children.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Mattel, announced a recall of 844,000 toys that contain excessive levels of lead paint Tuesday night - the third such recall of Chinese-manufactured toys by Mattel this summer.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating whether Mattel "knowingly" withheld information regarding potential safety risks associated with its toys that were involved in a major recall last month, according to a published report Tuesday.
Mattel Inc., whose reputation has been battered by two high-profile toy recalls this summer, will announce on Wednesday the recall of a third batch of Chinese-made toys because they may contain excessive amounts of lead paint, The Associated Press has learned.
China lashed out Wednesday at the U.S. by claiming its soybean exports contained pesticides, poisonous weeds and dirt
A class-action lawsuit was filed Monday against Mattel related to its recent recall of more than 1 million lead-tainted toys.
Mattel announced another major recall of toys made in China, feeding international worries about the safety of products made in China. What can you do to keep your child safe?
Millions of toys recalled
Toy recalls are no longer relegated to discount bins and no-name brands. The recent rash of toy recalls have included some A-list celebrities of the children's toy world, including Dora the Explorer, Thomas the Tank Engine, Polly Pocket and Barbie. In the last two weeks alone, Mattel has recalled over 100 types of toys totaling 10 million units.
Mattel Inc. Tuesday recalled more than 9 million toys made in China and sold in the United States, including "Polly Pocket" and "Batman" dolls and other popular figures, because of loose magnets and lead paint - its second major recall in less than a month.
An Indianapolis girl may have been among the first victims of Mattel's magnet mishap at the center of Tuesday's recall of millions of dolls made in China.
Your child and the recalls
Mattel recalled 9 million Chinese-made toys Tuesday, including Polly Pocket play sets and Batman action figures, because of dangers to children from lead paint or tiny magnets that could be swallowed
Amid mounting recalls, a factory owner's apparent suicide highlights pressure on China over food and product safety
The second big toy recall from No. 1 toy maker Mattel this month will undoubtedly raise questions again about why these recalls keep happening and who's to blame.
The boss of a Chinese toy manufacturing company involved in a Mattel recall after its products were found to contain excessive lead levels has hanged himself, Chinese media reported Monday.
Mattel Inc. said Thursday it expects the recall of Chinese-made toys, such as popular preschool characters like Sesame Street's Elmo and Big Bird, to cost the company about $30 million.
China leapt to the defense of its products Thursday after Mattel Inc. said it was recalling 1.5 million Chinese-made toys worldwide because their paint may contain too much lead.
As many more U.S. companies outsource their production base to China, their poor oversight there is exposing American consumers to greater safety risks, according to some industry experts.
Mattel Inc.'s Fisher-Price division is issuing a global recall of 1.5 million toys made in China because their paint may contain too much lead, marking the latest in a string of recalls that have fueled U.S.-China tensions over the safety of Chinese products.
Toymaker Mattel Inc. reported higher second-quarter profits Monday that met Wall Street expectations, although U.S. sales of its flagship Barbie brand fell in the period.
Toymaker Mattel on Monday posted first-quarter profits, versus expectations for a loss, as strong sales of its pre-school Fisher-Price toys and its Hot Wheels toys for boys offset a 21 percent drop in U.S. sales of Barbie dolls.
Mattel, the No. 1 toymaker, on Monday reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter profits and sales, boosted by improved sales of its flagship Barbie brand and strong sales of its Fisher-Price pre-school toys division.
Sony, Apple and all the other gadget pioneers better watch out. Eager to win back market share lost to hot gizmos like the iPods and PSPs, toymakers are fighting back with more innovative "tech toys" slated to debut this fall.
If Mattel was hoping that Princess Barbie and Fairytopia Barbie -- its two big doll initiatives for 2005 -- would light a fire under sagging Barbie sales over the holidays, the toymaker may be in for another rude awakening.
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Mattel may be giving its Ken doll a turn in the spotlight with hints of a makeover on the horizon, but the toymaker's move to revamp Ken could end up bringing the focus back to Barbie.
A merger of Mattel and Hasbro, the No. 1 and No. 2 toymakers, could become a real possibility as the toy industry struggles to boost sales and counter the significant threat from discounters like Wal-Mart and Target, according to a published report Thursday.
A trademark case brought by Mattel against Barbies Shop, a Canadian store selling bondage clothing has been dismissed by a New York court, but the nation's largest toymaker said Thursday the case "isn't resolved."
When toymaker Mattel announced the shocking Barbie-Ken split two days before last year's Valentine's Day, was it a savvy marketing ploy or a big branding bungle?
It looks like Barbie's in trouble again.
The winning toy from last week's episode of "The Apprentice" not only received a thumbs-up from boss Donald Trump, the remote-control toy car they designed also won the approval of the world's largest toymaker, Mattel Inc., which is actually putting it into production.
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