Stairway Lawsuit Update

On Monday, Sept. 23, Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” lawsuit resumed at the San Francisco 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The Circuit Court is hearing the case “en banc,” which means a full panel (11 federal appellate judges) will hear the case, instead of the customary subset of judges selected from the panel. An en banc review is often used for unusually complex cases or cases considered to be of greater importance.

“Appeals courts rarely take a case en banc, and they almost never do so in a copyright case,” said Joseph P. Fishman, an associate professor at the Vanderbilt Law School in Nashville. “So there’s some possibility that the court may take a big swing here.”

According to a Sept 30 article in Forbes, the Stairway lawsuit could potentially be worth $55 million In damages. The judges could take months to issue a decision, and even then the case could drag on and go as far as the Supreme Court.

– GotLed (Oct 6, 2019)

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