LED ZEPPELIN: Lose First Round of “Stairway” Suit
Their bid to have the plagiarism case moved or dismissed has been rejected.
Led Zeppelin have had a minor setback in defending themselves against the plagiarism lawsuit concerning “Stairway to Heaven.”
The estate of Spirit guitarist Randy California (whose real family name was Wolfe) filed their suit in Pennsylvania. Zep’s lawyers sought to have the claim dismissed because Zeppelin has no connection to that state. The estate’s lawyers amended the lawsuit to emphasize why a Pennsylvania judge should oversee the case, saying the defendants “make millions of dollars from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by directly targeting this district for the exploitation of ‘Stairway to Heaven’.” U.S. District Court Judge Juan Sánchez has denied Zeppelin’s motion to dismiss or transfer without prejudice, which means that the Zeppelin legal team can try again to get the case moved or dismissed.