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Beastie Boys Seek Nearly $2.4 Million in Legal Fees From Monster Energy

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Despite being awarded $1.7 million in their copyright infringement case against Monster Energy last summer, Beastie Boys may not walk out on top after racking up $2.38 million in legal fees. Now, the iconic hip-hop outfit’s lawyers are asking the Corona, Calif. company to pay up – again.

Ad-Rock and Mike D’s lawyers argued that the group’s legal fees were aggravated due to two years of litigation, Monster Energy’s refusal to partake in negotiations, the eight-day trial and the energy drink company’s attempt to overturn the verdict.

“Monster’s tactics significantly increased the costs for Beastie Boys to vindicate their intellectual property rights, such that, absent an award of attorney’s fees and costs, plaintiff’s success at trial would become a Pyrrhic victory,” Beastie Boys’ lawyers wrote in papers filed on Friday, Jan. 16 (via Associated Press).

The case came after Monster used the Beastie Boys’ songs in a promotional video that was online for five weeks. The band famously refuses the use of their songs in any advertisements or endorsements.

The case’s Judge Paul A. Engelmayer said the jury’s decision that Monster acted in bad faith would help determine whether the company would owe the band an additional award to cover legal fees.

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