MGA alleges Mattel employees stole "confidential competitive information - including price lists, advertising plans, and unreleased product attributes," according to the lawsuit. It also claims the company rewarded the employees who swiped the information.
5. "How to steal" manual
MGA alleges that Mattel provides "express instructions" in an 11-page "how to steal" manual created by Mattel executives. It states that the manual taught "Mattel's corporate spies on the most effective means to steal their competitors' trade secrets."
The court filing states that federal litigation between the two companies has spanned nine years, "racked up" more than 10,000 separate docket entries, involved two multi-month jury trials and 11.5 million pages and 400 depositions taken during discovery.