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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Isaac Larian
The number of people seeking unemployment benefits dipped last week, a sign the job market may be improving slowly. Weekly applications for unemployment benefits edged down 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 400,000, the lowest level in four months.
A federal court jury rejected Mattel Inc.'s copyright-infringement claims Thursday involving MGA Entertainment's lucrative line of hip, urban Bratz dolls and awarded MGA $88.4 million for misappropriation of its trade secrets by the Barbie-maker.
Mr. Larian said during a break that he hoped the verdict would send a message to Mattel that it's not all right to bully small-time entrepreneurs trying to break into the industry.
"Mattel killed the Bratz brand. It is never going to be the same level as it was before," he said.