Led Zeppelin 'Stairway To Heaven' Lawsuit Lawyer Blasted By Judge

A Philadelphia area attorney who last week announced his plans to sue Led Zeppelin was taken to task by a judge in a separate lawsuit involving Usher.

Francis Malofiy filed a suit over the rights to Ush's song "Bad Girl" for failure to credit his client with a writing credit.

The judge, Paul S. Diamond, noted that 17 of the 20 defendants in the case had moved for sanctions against Molofiy:

"Defendants have shown clearly and convincingly that Attorney Francis Malofiy has acted disgracefully: lying to an unsophisticated, impoverished, unrepresented Defendant, thus convincing that Defendant to expose himself (probably baselessly) to substantial liability."

The judge also suggested that the lawyer could be disbarred.

Malofiy is preparing to take legal copyright infringement action against Zep for "Stairway to Heaven." The suit has not yet been filed.

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