On January 17, 2018, Orly Lobel, Don Weckstein Professor of Labor and Employment Law at University Of San Diego School of Law will visit campus to talk about her new book, You Don't Own Me: How Mattel v. MGA Entertainment Exposed Barbie's Dark Side.

Wednesday, January 17, 2017 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM 
230 Dockser Hall, Northeastern University School of Law

You Don't Own Me | Book CoverIn her entertaining and provocative new book, Orly Lobel, the Don Beckstein Professor of Law at the University of San Diego, delves into the legal battle between the toy powerhouses and the dolls that made them big.

In 1998, a Barbie clothes designer then on leave from Mattel invented the Bratz dolls and subsequently sold them to MGA Entertainment. At that point, Mattel — and Barbie — became embroiled in a decade-long legal battle over intellectual property, creativity and, ultimately, womanhood.
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You Don’t Own Me is not just a thrilling story of business battles, but also brings together the American Dream, the rise of feminism, consumer psychology and the making of icons alongside betrayal, spying and racism. For this deeply researched book, Lobel interviewed many of the major players, including the owner of MGA and the controversial appellate court judge, while digging into the court record to find revealing testimony.


Sponsored by the Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity (CLIC)
and the faculty colloquium committee at Northeastern University School of Law