Led Zeppelin is taking “Stairway to Heaven” back to the Central District for a reunion show, following a 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel’s partial reversal of their infringement trial winOctober 1, 2018 – Article
Bill Hochberg was quoted by Steve Creighton in the Los Angeles Daily Journal October 1, 2018, discussing the Ninth Circuit’s recent decision to order a new trial in the copyright lawsuit accusing Led Zeppelin of stealing the intro to "Stairway to Heaven" from an obscure song. The ruling on September 28, 2018, overturned a 2016 verdict in favor of the band. The three-judge panel ruled that the judge’s instructions misled jurors in a number of ways, potentially tainting their finding that “Stairway” did not infringe a 1967 instrumental ballad called “Taurus” by the band Spirit.
The decision vacated the verdict and remanded the case back to the district court for a new trial.
“I am confident that Led Zeppelin will win a second trial,” said Hochberg.