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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Wall Street Journal Reviews You Don't Own Me

Imagine my excitement of waking up this morning to discover a terrific review by Jacob Gershman in the WSJ of You Don't Own Me. Here's the beginning:

Like Condoleezza Rice, Ivanka Trump and Michelle Obama, Orly Lobel played with Barbie dolls when she was growing up. “Fortunately,” writes the San Diego law professor in her new book, “I was also encouraged to challenge the distorted realities of Barbie’s world.”

No toy has been deconstructed so thoroughly as Mattel Inc.’s iconic plastic doll. But Ms. Lobel’s “You Don’t Own Me” is something different. The world that she explores is not a dollhouse but a courthouse. Her brisk and engaging book chronicles the decadelong copyright clash between Mattel and MGA Entertainment Inc., an upstart rival that had a mega-hit with its “Bratz” doll line but that was nearly obliterated by Mattel’s scorched-earth legal offensive. Journalists tend to overuse words like “war” when writing about lawsuits. But if ever there were an example of a civil dispute meriting military metaphors, it is Mattel vs. MGA. According to Ms. Lobel, the combined legal expenses of the battle went north of $600 million.

 You can read the entire review here. Better yet, read the review but also the book with all it's colorful characters and dramatic twists and turns!

Posted by Orly Lobel on December 27, 2017 at 02:34 AM | Permalink


Thanks Rick !

Posted by: Orly Lobel | Dec 30, 2017 5:32:11 PM

Well-deserved! Congrats!

Posted by: Rick Hills | Dec 30, 2017 3:36:50 PM

thanks Orin!

Posted by: Orly Lobel | Dec 29, 2017 2:21:07 PM

Congrats, Orly.

Posted by: Orin Kerr | Dec 27, 2017 3:42:42 PM

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