As if losing the third member of their crew wasn't enough, the Beastie Boys have been slapped with a lawsuit.
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TufAmerica is alleging that the Beasties and Universal Music Group sampled songs by go-go and R&B group Trouble Funk on certain songs from revered Beastie albums "Licensed to Ill" and "Paul's Boutique."
Despite the legal drama, TufAmerica has acknowledged the awkward timing of the suit.
"I was very sorry to hear of Adam Yauch's untimely passing, and can assure you that the unfortunate timing of the filing of TufAmerica's complaint had nothing to do with his health," the label's attorney told E! News. "On behalf of myself and TufAmerica, I offer our condolences to Adam's family, friends, and fans."
It makes sense that TufAmerica would want a cut of any Beastie music: the death of Yauch has catapulted "Licensed to Ill" back on to the Billboard 200 chart, with 19,000 copies of the album sold in the past week.
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