The lawyer representing Led Zeppelin is seeking to have the band’s legal costs covered following 2016’s Stairway To Heaven court case.

The band were accused of having copied Spirit track Taurus, which was released three years before Zeppelin’s 1971 anthem.

However, a Los Angeles jury ruled in June last year that Led Zeppelin did not plagiarize the song’s opening chords and that it “was not intrinsically similar” to Stairway To Heaven‘s opening.

Now, in response to to a 90-page appeal filed in March by Francis Malofiy, who represented Michael Skidmore, the trustee who sued the band on behalf of late Spirit songwriter Randy Wolfe’s estate, Zeppelin’s lawyer Peter Anderson says that “substantial evidence supports the jury’s verdict and Skidmore’s appeal has absolutely no merit” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In addition, Anderson has filed a cross-appeal to affirm the judgement and to have the court’s decision regarding fees to be reversed.

Anderson also represents publisher Warner/Chappell Music who were forced to pay most of the legal costs for the defense – and he wants the court to make Wolfe’s estate pick up the bill.

Warner/Chappell Music launched an unsuccessful appeal in September over the $800,000 legal costs incurred during the trial on the grounds that Skidmore’s lawsuit “was not frivolous or objectively unreasonable.”

Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page both gave evidence at the trial. Bassist John Paul Jones, whose name was dropped from the case before it began, also gave evidence.

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additional source: Classic Rock via teamrock.com

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  1. Craig, you are so right! Musicians get inspired by other peoples music all the time. That doesn’t mean they are ripping them off. Jimmy Page never needed to copy someone else’s riffs! The guy is a certified genius! He took that riff to places Spirit (never even heard of the band) never even dreamed of! And to sue Led Zep 45 years after the song was released? Ridiculous!

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