Wednesday, November 22, 2023

UCLA Sues Mattel for Allegedly Failing to Make Good on $49 Million Pledge

Download (17)According to the L.A. Times (subscription required), UCLA and related entities have filed a lawsuit against Mattel for failing to make good on a 2017 pledge to donate $49 million to the UCLA children's hospital over 12 years. Mattel had previously given $25 million to support the children's hospital, in exchange for naming rights. While UCLA Health initially agreed to allow the company to suspend payments because of asserted financial issues, the company's profits in recent years and this year's Barbie movie success led to the lawsuit when payments did not resume. In defense, Mattel is asserting that the donation related to a new hospital tower that UCLA Health is no longer committed to building.

UPDATE: Thanks to fellow blogger Darryll Jones, I now have a link to the complaint in this case.

Additional coverage: CBS News; KTLA.

Lloyd Mayer

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