Monster Energy Must Pay $668,000 In Beastie Boys’ Legal Fees
June 17, 2015 at 4:17 AM (PT)
Last year (NET NEWS 6/4/2014), ALL ACCESS reported that the BEASTIE BOYS had won a $1.7 million judgment against the MONSTER BEVERAGE CORP. over copyright infringement. The trio filed suit against the energy-drink maker in federal district court in NEW YORK over an online promotional video for an annual snowboarding competition organized by MONSTER. The “Ruckus in the Rockies” video included remixes of BEASTIE BOYS songs, “Sabotage” and “So What’cha Want.”
Now, a jury has ruled that MONSTER ENERGY must also pay $668,000 to THE BEASTIE BOYS to cover legal fees.
CBS/NEW YORK reports, "U.S. District Judge PAUL ENGELMAYER wrote in a ruling MONDAY that his review of the band’s legal bills suggests that the “BEASTIE BOYS opted to pay for, and received, the `Cadillac Escalade,’ not the `Honda Civic”’ of legal representation. He said his attorney fee award fell well short of the $2.4 million in legal fees that was sought from MONSTER ENERGY CO., but it was still sizeable enough that the band will come out ahead by more than $532,000 above its reasonable costs."