ATLANTA -- The makers of Garbage Pail Kids bubble gum cards agreed in the middle of a federal copyright infringement suit to stop mocking Cabbage Patch Kids dolls, attorneys announced Tuesday.
'I could scream I'm so excited,' said Xavier Roberts, the Cleveland, Ga., creator of the Cabbage Patch Kids.
Topps Chewing Gum Inc., makers of the Garbage Pail Kids, will change the design of its characters like Dead Fred, Baby Barfy and others to eliminate any similarity to Cabbage Patch dolls, according to the settlement announced in U.S. District Court. Topps will also pay an unspecified amount of cash.
'Topps will continue to market its Garbage Pail Kids products and will make certain agreed-upon changes in the design of those products this year to remove any likeness to Cabbage Patch Kids,' attorneys for Topps and Original Appalachian Artworks said in the settlement announcement.
Topps' attorneys argued the Garbage Pail Kids were created to parody the image created by the Cabbage Patch Dolls, which became a nationwide hit when they were marketed in 1983 by Coleco.
'I'm real glad that they're taking off the likeness of the Cabbage Patch Kids,' Roberts said.
Attorneys for both sides refused to discuss the cash settlement or comment on the design changes for the Garbage Pail Kids.
OAA originally sought $30 million in damages, charging Topps grossed $64 million from the Garbage Pail Kids.