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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Calling Chicago - Come tomorrow Wednesday 6PM for a book talk at Seminary Coop Bookstore

Hey Chicago readers - would love to see you tomorrow March 21 at 6pm at the Seminary Co-op. Come and bring your friends and family - and make sure to say hi and maybe we can get drinks after! Free and open to the public. The next day at noon I am speaking at this fabulous BookIt series.

I’ve been thrilled to see the rave reviews of my new book You Don’t Own Me in The New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Times Literary Supplement, Times Higher Education, NPR, Modern Law, National Law Journal, TechDirt, SF Chronicle, Washington Blade, LA Review of Books, Above the Law, Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist and many more. It seems there is something in the book for everyone – whether you think about innovation, IP, work relations, creative industries, antitrust, litigation and juries, entrepreneurship, feminist and race critique, consumer psychology, or mostly interested in a thrilling market battle over our icons, with colorful personalities and rollercoaster twist and turns. Here's a blog post on the Seminary Coop site about books that inspired You Don't Own Me.

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You are cordially invited to a book signing and speaking event for Orly Lobel's new book, You Don't Own Me: How Mattel v. MGA Entertainment Exposed Barbie's Dark Side



Wednesday, March 21, 2018 
6 - 7:30 pm
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S Woodlawn
Chicago, IL 60637

You Don’t Own Me reveals the cutthroat competition and innovation in the toy industry, with the twists and turns of a thriller, including colorful personalities, egos and keen questions about law and ethics, innovation and creativity, consumerism and market competition, trade secrets and economic espionage, parenting, childhood, feminism and race.   

In this free and open Chicago event, USD Don Weckstein Professor of Law Orly Lobel discusses her new book, You Don't Own Me: How Mattel v. MGA Entertainment Exposed Barbie's Dark Side. The book is received rave reviews from numerous journals including the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Times Literary, NPR and the New Yorker.

“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….” - The Wall Street Journal

You Don’t Own Me has been getting advanced praise from Publisher’s Weekly (“impressive”, “thoroughly researched”, “entertaining”), Kirkus Reviews (“crisp narrative”, “aggressively researched”, “dizzying” drama) Booklist (“outstanding”), Yahoo!Lifestyle (“book not to miss!”) and more (“gripping”, “sparkling prose”, “thrill ride”, “brilliantly and meticulously” “amazing story and great read”, “all the ingredients of a great story”, “Colorful and dramatic. ...Orly Lobel masterfully draws us in”; “A thrilling page-turner. Orly Lobel delivers the impossible. A fast-moving, fun book about marketing, litigation and the culture we create,” “Elle Woods would eat this story up”...). 


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