The Grand Hustle family wants economic justice after discovering that LOL Surprise! dolls, which MGA Entertainment manufactures, has made millions of dollars from the alleged likelihood of her former girl group OMG Girlz. TI and Tiny Harris launched the preteen girl group in 2009 with their daughter Zonnique Pullins (Miss Star) and her friends Bahja Rodriguez (Miss Beauty and Breaunna Womack (Miss Babydoll).

According to Forbes, in April 2022, during an interview with the vehicle, Tiny recalled how he discovered the similarity between the girl group and LOL Surprise! dolls.

“Someone asked me if OMG Girlz had dolls available in the store. I told her no and immediately started investigating and researching the company,” Tiny told Forbes. “I realized that the LOL Surprise created! dolls had an identical appearance to the OMG Girlz. I couldn’t believe dolls were made in her likeness, and I didn’t know it.”

“It was the dolls’ outfit that caught my eye and that’s how I knew they were infringing on our trademark. One outfit, in particular, stood out to me because I designed the outfit for the OMG Girlz tour myself,” she added. “It wasn’t something I picked up at the store. So for their doll to wear the exact outfit I knew they stole it.

According to Yahoo, the opposing attorney representing toymaker MGA is Jennifer Keller. Keller’s opening argument states that both TI and Tiny have “no legitimate claim to any profits from the LOL Surprise! from MGA Entertainment! OMG” His second statement of hers states that the Harrises are trying to extort the toy company with “fabricated claims”.

“This case is about greed. That’s what it’s about. It’s extortion,” Keller said in his first speech to the jury. “(They) want tens of millions of dollars from MGA Entertainment to do absolutely nothing, and I mean nothing. Let’s show you that the OMG Girlz really copied us and now they complain that we look like them,” she said.

“They were trendsetters, not trendsetters,” concluded Keller.

According to Rolling Stone, Keller argues that the dolls marketed by MGA align with their popular Bratz line in 2005 and claims that the girl group’s name was derived from Bratz.

TI and Tiny attorney David C. Scheper argues that the OMG Girlz became a national brand in 2012 and performed to “jubilant” audiences in “packed arenas.”

“They brought the house down and their social media exploded after that, and the OMG Girlz became and remain highly relevant,” said Scheper.

The argument from probability is the strongest claim since Tiny saw photos of the OMG dolls and notably recognized similarities in hair color combinations, haircuts and clothing designed by her.

“Now, someone was watching that apparition at the meeting. And this someone, we don’t know who, worked at MGA Entertainment. You’ll see that the clothes worn by the OMG Girlz at that New Year’s Eve event in Atlanta later translated into the dolls that (MGA founder) Isaac Larian and MGA are making millions of dollars from,” Scheper said.

Scheper showed the judges a photo of OMG Girlz member Rodriguez’s half-pink, half-black hairstyle from an earlier look and compared it to an “LOL Surprise! OMG doll” with a similar hairstyle released in 2019.

“This is one of the most distinctive loans,” Scheper told jurors.

According to Rolling Stone, Scheper also used an email chain dated December 31, 2019, as evidence to support his allegations of confusion between the OMG Girlz and the OMG Dolls.

“Hahaha !!”, read the internal email forwarded to an MGA designer with the subject “OMG Doll in Music Video”. “I think they are talking about OMG Girlz, not OMG dolls.”

Scheper believes the email thread proves “real knowledge evidence that there is confusion just two months after the dolls were released.”

“None of our dolls are based on the OMG Girlz. We would never design and attempt to market children’s toys based on the OMG Girlz and Hussle parties, the Harris family, with which they are associated. It’s not a family most people would want their children to emulate. And you’ll see why that is in the evidence produced throughout this trial,” Keller said.

According to Rolling Stone, Scheper will call on consumers of the dolls and fans of the girl group to testify about the confusion between the two brands when purchasing the dolls.

“We were initially excited because LOL Dolls are such a big deal and we thought maybe we could work something out. I sat down with my attorney and decided to file a cease and desist,” Tiny told Forbes. “They immediately sued me. They didn’t answer or try to sit down and talk. So I counter-processed.”

TI and Tiny will be called as witnesses during the upcoming trial, as will MGA founder Larian.