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Led Zeppelin Says Stairway Suit Should Be Tossed or Moved to California

Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant (L) and Jimmy Page in 1972
Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant (L) and Jimmy Page in 1972Photograph by Robert Knight Archive/Redferns

Members of Led Zeppelin say a lawsuit over authorship of their epic Stairway to Heaven should be dismissed or moved to California, arguing that the Philadelphia federal court where it was brought isn’t an appropriate venue. To back their contention that the court lacks jurisdiction over them, the band members point out in new filings that they last played together in the city almost three decades ago—for the Live Aid famine-relief benefit.

As we’ve reported, Led Zeppelin faces a copyright infringement suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania that alleges parts of the 1971 hit were filched from an obscure song by the band Spirit. The suit was filed May 31 by a Philadelphia-area lawyer who is representing the trust of the late Spirit guitarist, Randy California.