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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The maker of the Monster Energy drink must pay $668,000 of the Beastie Boys’ legal fees after the rappers chose to win at all costs in their copyright violation trial, a decision that resulted in a $1.7 million jury verdict in their favor, a judge said this week.

U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer wrote in a ruling Monday that his review of the band’s legal bills suggests that the “Beastie Boys opted to pay for, and received, the `Cadillac Escalade,’ not the `Honda Civic”’ of legal representation.

He said his attorney fee award fell well short of the $2.4 million in legal fees that was sought from Monster Energy Co., but it was still sizeable enough that the band will come out ahead by more than $532,000 above its reasonable costs.

Last June, the Beastie Boys — known in part for the anthem “(You Gotta)…

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