Led Zeppelin Can’t Kill “Stairway to Heaven” Lawsuit Without a Fight

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 10.17.14 in News

A lawsuit over who wrote Led Zeppelin‘s “Stairway to Heaven” isn’t leaving the Earth just yet.

This spring, the estate for late Spirit guitarist Randy California sued the U.K. classic rock behemoths, claiming Jimmy Page’s iconic “Stairway” intro infringes on Spirit’s instrumental piece “Taurus.” Last month, the band asked for the case to be dismissed or moved to California, arguing that the lawsuit had basically nothing to do with Pennsylvania, where it was filed. Led Zep have now lost that battle.

U.S. District Court Judge Juan Sánchez has rejected Zeppelin’s request to dismiss or transfer the case, according to The Hollywood Reporter. His denial still reportedly allows the band, Page, Robert Plant and their music companies to try again. No explanation of the ruling was provided.

Prior to the decision, the Spirit guitarist’s estate revised its lawsuit to help explain why Pennsylvania was the proper place to hear the case. They wrote: “Defendants are subject to specific jurisdiction in this district because they make millions of dollars from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by directly targeting this district for the exploitation of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ through CD sales, digital downloading, radio and television play, advertising, marketing, concert performances, other performances, licensing, and otherwise targeting resident individuals and businesses to profit off the exploitation of ‘Stairway to Heaven.’”

I really have no horse in this one, but you can listen to “Stairway” and “Taurus” again below.