Francis Malofiy suspended for over three months for violation of 'various rules of conduct'
Francis Malofiy, the lawyer who sued Led Zeppelin in the recent ‘Stairway to Heaven’ plagiarism case, has been reportedly suspended from practising law.
It was announced last week that Led Zeppelin had won their lawsuit after a jury deemed that the band did not lift Spirit’s song ‘Taurus’. The band were accused of copying part of the 1968 song. The case was brought to court by Michael Skidmore, a trustee for the late Randy California (real name Randy Wolfe), who played guitar in Spirit.
Skidmore claimed that Wolfe should be given a writing credit on ‘Stairway To Heaven’ due to the similarities between the two. The two bands toured together in 1968 and 1969.
Malofiy, the attorney for Skidmore, called Page and Plant “session musicians” during his closing arguments. He also told the jury Wolfe should be given credit for ‘Stairway To Heaven’ because of the alleged infringement.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Malofiy will serve a suspension of three months and one day for violation of “various rules of conduct” during a copyright infringement lawsuit surrounding Usher’s song ‘Bad Girls’.
The report also states that Malofiy also received over a hundred sustained objections and “multiple admonishments” during the Led Zeppelin trial. The suspension only applies to the state of Pennsylvania, where the Usher trial was held, but could affect Malofiy’s work in California too.