The Nasty Battle Over Cabbage Patch Kids

May 11, 2016 (link)

By Matt Townsend and Chris Dolmetsch

For those who weren’t around for the great Cabbage Patch Kids craze of the 1980s, it’s hard to convey the intensity of it. There were fistfights between parents, near riots outside stores and endless shrieks of hysterical children desperate to get their hands on the dolls.

Yet all that looks somewhat tame compared with the fight going on today. The wholesome playthings are at the center of a nasty legal spat pitting Jakks Pacific Inc. against a startup run by former executives who allege the toymaker retaliated after losing a license to make the dolls. The drama includes accusations of sabotage, choke holds, gay slurs and vendettas, according to court documents.

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