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U.S. Supreme Court Opens Session, Takes Eight New Cases

[Los Angeles Times]

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court announced Tuesday it had agreed to decide eight new cases, including a copyright dispute over the 1980 Oscar-winning film “Raging Bull” and a clash over union fees for home healthcare workers in Illinois.

The court has said it planned to proceed as normal this week, despite the government shutdown, and it is due to hear the first round of arguments next week.

The justices met behind closed doors Monday to sift through more than 2,000 appeals that piled up over the summer. And they set eight, mostly uncontroversial, cases to be heard for a full argument in January. The court took no action on the most closely watched disputes, including challenges to the Obama administration’s greenhouse-gas regulations.

The copyright dispute turns on whether Paula Petrella, whose father, Frank Petrella, wrote the book and screenplay for “Raging Bull,” waited too long to sue over the renewal of his copyright. In 1976, Frank Petrella and boxer Jake LaMotta assigned the rights to their book and screenplay to Chartoff-Winkler Productions. And in 1978, United Artists and MGM acquired the motion picture rights.

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