Francis Malofiy, the attorney suing Led Zeppelin for copyright infringement for its rendition of “Stairway to Heaven,” is not likely to add to this to his résumé. A three-judge panel ruled that his three-month suspension by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania was warranted. And this comes after Mr. Malofiy had penalties imposed by the judge overseeing the copyright infringement case for “outrageous” and “unprofessional” behavior. “Throughout this copyright litigation, Plaintiff’s Counsel, Francis Malofiy, has behaved in a flagrantly unprofessional and offensive manner,” according to the judge trying the copyright case.
How bad was he? Of the 20 defendants in the lawsuit, 17 filed complaints against him! Francis Malofiy is from Philadelphia. Yes, a “Philadelphia lawyer.” And, oh, the verdict just came in. The jury ruled that there was no infringement by Led Zeppelin. Mr. Malofiy lost the case, and lost big.