Mattel, Inc. v. MGA Entertainment, Inc.


(United States Ninth Circuit) – In copyright infringement action brought by plaintiff, maker of Barbie dolls, against defendant, maker of Bratz dolls, judgment for defendant on counterclaim for trade secret misappropriation and awarding attorney fees for prevailing on copyright claim is: 1) reversed and remanded on defendant’s counterclaim for trade secret misappropriation which did not rest on the same “aggregate core of facts” as plaintiff’s claim, was thus, not compulsory; but 2) the district court did not abuse its discretion in awarding defendant fees and costs under the Copyright Act.