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Led Zeppelin will not be Reimbursed for Legal Fees from ‘Stairway’ Trial

To be entitled for reimbursement the band would have had to prove that the individuals who filed the lawsuit "harbored nefarious motives."

By Jon Wiederhorn

Right after Led Zeppelin won their well-publicized “Stairway to Heaven” legal battle, their publishing company Warner/Chappell filed for the reimbursement of legal fees to the tune of $800,000. After considering the case, an LA judge has denied the request.

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To be entitled for reimbursement the band would have had to prove that the individuals who filed the suit against them “harbored nefarious motives.” The judge decided there was no evidence of such motivation, reported Rolling Stone.

In June, Led Zeppelin¬†won the copyright infringement lawsuit; after days of testimony by band members a jury determined that the group did not plagiarize the Spirit song “Taurus” for the intro of “Stairway to Heaven.”

The case was filed by Michael Skidmore, a trustee for the late Randy California (aka Randy Wolfe), the guitarist  for the band Spirit, which toured with Led Zeppelin in 1968 and 1969.

Skidmore has filed an appeal in the case and his lawyer claims there are “many appealable issues” involved, reported Rolling Stone.

 

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