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US top court sides against MGM in Raging Bull case

Published on May 20, 2014 6:20 AM
 
Cinema still: Raging Bull starring Robert De Niro. The US Supreme Court on Monday dealt a blow to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios, siding with the daughter of a screenwriter behind Oscar-winning boxing drama Raging Bull over her right to sue for copyright claims. -- FILE PHOTO: MEDIAWORKS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US Supreme Court on Monday dealt a blow to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios, siding with the daughter of a screenwriter behind Oscar-winning boxing drama Raging Bull over her right to sue for copyright claims.

Ms Paula Petrella, whose now deceased father Frank Petrella worked on the script for the 1980 film, sought damages from infringement of a copyright that she inherited after her father’s death.

MGM claimed her lawsuit, filed nearly 30 years after his passing, had been lodged too late.

In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court said that Ms Petrella could go forward with her suit against the studio, which she first filed in 2009.
The justices sought to determine whether the “doctrine of laches” – which says a lawsuit cannot be filed after an unreasonable delay – applied in the case.

 
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