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Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc., 10-55834

In an action for copyright infringement, unjust enrichment and accounting against a major Hollywood studio and others, claiming that defendants infringed plaintiff's alleged interest in a book and two screenplay that together formed the basis for the 1980 motion picture Raging Bull, the judgment of the district court is affirmed, where plaintiff's claims are barred by laches and the district court did not abuse its discretion in denying defendants' motions for sanctions and attorney's fees, as it had not granted summary judgment based on a lack of evidence of infringement but solely on the ground that plaintiff's claims were barred by laches.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 08/29/2012
  • Published 08/29/2012


  • Fisher


  • United States Ninth Circuit