Plaintiffs File Appeal In “Stairway” Lawsuit

Led Zeppelin apparently isn't finished in court.

The plaintiff in the "Stairway To Heaven" plagiarism suit has filed an appeal of the June jury verdict in Los Angeles that determined Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were not guilty of stealing portions of the song from the Spirit instrumental "Taurus."

Michael Skidmore, the trustee for the estate of the late Spirit guitarist Randy California (the Randy Craig Wolfe Trust), has filed the motion with the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Los Angeles; they key issue is that the judge in the trial did not let jurors hear Spirit's original recording but rather had the song performed live by musicians in the courtroom.

It's not yet known who will represent the estate; attorney Francis Malofiy has been suspended for several months over issues stemming from another case. Page had just issued a message to fans over the weekend thanking them for their support through the trial.

Led Zeppelin and its publishing company have also filed a $630,000 suit against California's estate to cover legal and other costs related to the trial.



Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.