Retrial Set In Battle Over Bratz Dolls

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- A federal judge has set a date for Round 2 of the battle between toymaker rivals Mattel Inc. and MGA Entertainment as they duke it out over ownership of the pouty-lipped Bratz doll line.

U.S. District Judge David Carter ordered a Jan. 11 trial date on Wednesday and has dismissed a motion by MGA to toss out Mattel's allegations of racketeering.

A federal jury awarded Mattel $100 million in 2008 and shifted ownership of the sultry, street-wise Bratz dolls to Barbie-maker Mattel.

A federal appeals court overturned that ruling last month and indicated the need for a retrial.

Mattel believes the man who designed the Bratz dolls was actually working for Mattel when he created them.

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