MGM tells 9th Circ. Starz filed a licensing complaint too late

By Lauren Berg (February 10, 2022, 10:08 p.m. EST) — MGM Domestic Television Distribution LLC told the Ninth Circuit during oral argument Thursday that Starz Entertainment waited too long to pursue allegations that the movie studio unit violated its deals by licensing films to Starz competitors that were meant to be exclusive to Starz’s platform.

In Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court said successful plaintiffs could only receive retroactive relief three years from the time they filed a lawsuit, and in In this case, Starz’s licenses associated with some of its infringement actions expired more than three years before the lawsuit was filed, an attorney for MGM Domestic Television Distribution LLC…

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