Last June, a federal court ruled that Monster Energy Drink would have to pay the Beastie Boys $1.7 million in damages for unauthorized use of their music in promotional materials. But of course, these kinds of suits are always messy, and things didn’t end there: In January, the Beastie Boys filed a motion seeking an additional payment of $2.4 million from Monster to cover their legal costs.
On Monday, that case was finally decided, with judge Paul Engelmayer electing to award them another $668,000. “Here, the Court’s review of [law firm] Sheppard Mullin’s bills suggests that the Beastie Boys opted to pay for, and received, the Cadillac Escalade, not the Honda Civic,” Engelmayer wrote in his decision, arguing that it was unreasonable for Monster to foot the entire bill for the Beastie Boys’ Escalade service. Hopefully they can be happy with their $668,000 Honda Civic!