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A nasty legal tussle among members of the early punk band Dead Kennedys was remanded to state court in California after a federal judge declared that the sour litigious notes among the parties did not belong in federal court. In doing so, U.S. District Judge D. Lowell Jensen ordered ex-lead singer Jello Biafra to pay more than $12,000 worth of fees and costs to lawyers who resisted his efforts to transfer the case to federal court on federal copyright grounds. But Jensen said it all boiled down to a basic contract dispute among the Dead Kennedyites — with no need to make a federal case out of it.

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