MGM Settles ‘Raging Bull’ Infringement Suit

The studio has settled its long-running lawsuit filed by the daughter of a screenwriter who claims MGM’s 1980 boxing classic Raging Bull was based on her father’s work. No details about the deal were revealed (read the document here).

Summary judgment had been set for April 27 in the case, which Paula Petrella took all the way to the Supreme Court last year. The justices ruled in May that she could pursue the suit claiming Raging Bull, which earned eight Oscar noms, including Best Picture and won Robert De Niro his only Best Actor trophy. Petrella’s suit alleged that the film infringed the copyright of her father Frank Petrella’s 1963 screenplay, upon which she says the movie was based.

The younger Petrella first launched her $1 million suit in 2009 after the release of the latest DVD of the Martin Scorsese film about the life of boxer Jake LaMotta.

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