Beastie Boys lawyers: $1.7M jury award in Monster Energy case doesn't cover $2.5M legal bills

Associated Press

Attorneys for the Beastie Boys are asking a New York court to order the maker of Monster Energy drink to pay nearly $2.5 million in legal fees to cover their costs in a copyright violation case.

Lawyers made the request in court papers Friday. In June, a Manhattan federal court jury awarded the rappers $1.7 million in damages.

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Corona, California-based Monster Energy Co. had admitted wrongly using the group's songs in a video that was online for five weeks. But the beverage maker said at trial it should owe no more than $125,000. The company's lawyers did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment Monday.

The Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. They have produced four No. 1 albums.