Beastie Boys Not Awarded Full Fees In Monster Energy Fight

Law360, New York (June 15, 2015, 10:13 PM EDT) -- A federal judge on Monday awarded the Beastie Boys far less in attorneys' fees than they had requested after their $1.7 million copyright victory over Monster Energy Co., saying the artists opted for an unusually expensive handling of their case by Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

The ruling, which gave the group $667,000 of the $2.4 million they paid in legal fees, came after they told the court that anything less than the full fee awards would make their win against Monster — over the company’s willful infringement of their songs in a promotional video — a “Pyrrhic victory.”...

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