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Beastie Boys in Monster lawsuit

Lawyers for the Beastie Boys are asking a New York court to order the maker of Monster Energy drink to pay nearly 2.5 million dollars (£1.65 million) in legal fees to cover their costs in a copyright violation case.

Lawyers made the request in court papers Friday. In June, a Manhattan federal court jury awarded the rappers 1.7 million dollars (£1.2 million) in damages.

Corona, California-based Monster Energy Co. had admitted wrongly using the group's songs in a video that was online for five weeks. But the beverage maker said at trial it should owe no more than 125,000 dollars (£82,560).

The company's lawyers did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

The Beastie Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. They have produced four No. 1 albums.

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