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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 win

October 1, 2018Article
Los Angeles Daily Journal

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.