Beastie Boys? war with Monster Beverage Corp. isn?t over yet. Less than a year since they were awarded $1.7 million in a copyright lawsuit against the energy drink company, the remaining members of the rap group are now asking them to pay additional $2.5 million to cover legal fees and cost in the case.
In a document obtained by Page Six, a team of four lawyers representing Adam ?Ad Rock? Horovitz and Michael ?Mike D? Diamond argues that Monsters ?failed to engage in good faith negotiations to resolve this matter and repeatedly sought to increase the cost of ultimately litigating this matter.?
The lawyers from the Manhattan firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter and Hampton LLP added, ?Monster?s tactics significantly increased the costs for Beastie Boys to vindicate their intellectual property rights, such that, absent an award of attorney?s fees and costs, plaintiff?s success at trial would become a Pyrrhic victory.?
Beastie Boys sued Moster in 2012, claiming that their songs were illegally used in the company?s ad. The group sought $2 million in damages and was awarded $1.7 million in June 2014 following an eight-day trial.