Monster Energy Can't Dodge $1.7M Beastie Boys Verdict

By Bill Donahue (December 4, 2014, 3:26 PM EST) -- A New York federal judge on Thursday denied Monster Energy Co.'s bid to reduce or invalidate a $1.7 million jury verdict over the unauthorized use of Beastie Boys songs, saying the jurors had plenty of evidence to make the call.

The famed hip-hop trio won the award in June after a New York jury found Monster had willfully infringed the band's copyrights and violated federal false endorsement laws by using five of their tracks in a promotional video for a snowboarding event, produced by Monster Energy Canada employee Nelson Phillips.

In moving to toss or reduce the verdict, Monster told the court...

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