In Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc., 134 S. Ct. 1962 (2014) (No. 12-1315), plaintiff filed a copyright infringement suit against defendant MGM in connection with the 1980 film Raging Bull, which is still marketed today.  The Copyright Act has a three-year statute of limitations, but provides that each successive violation starts a new limitations period.  In January 2009, plaintiff filed her action, seeking damages and injunctive relief only for alleged infringement occurring in or after January 2006.  MGM asserted the defense of laches, claiming that plaintiff’s lengthy delay in bringing the action barred the suit in its entirety.  The district court agreed and entered summary judgment for MGM, and the Ninth Circuit affirmed.  The Supreme Court reversed, holding that the equitable doctrine of laches cannot be invoked to bar a claim for damages that is timely under the Act’s three-year statute of limitations.  The Court reasoned that the Act already accounts for potential delays by permitting a plaintiff to obtain retrospective relief only three years back from the time of suit.  The Court further stated that laches is a defense developed by courts of equity and its principle application was, and remains, to claims of an equitable cast for which the Legislature has provided no fixed time limitation.