High Court Gives 'Raging Bull' Copyright Suit 1 More Round

Law360, New York (May 19, 2014, 10:17 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday revived copyright claims brought against Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. by the daughter of "Raging Bull" author Frank Petrella, ruling the doctrine of laches couldn't be used to bar her claims even after a nearly two-decade delay.

By a vote of six to three, the justices reversed an August 2012 ruling by the Ninth Circuit that Paula Petrella was barred by laches from suing MGM for infringement over her father's 1963 script on which the iconic boxing flick was purportedly based.

The big question before the justices was whether laches — an equitable doctrine barring suits after unreasonable...

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