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Rock icon Bon Jovi's legal mess over their baseball anthem is not over yet. The man who filed a $400 billion plagiarism suit against them last year is taking the case back to court. Massachusetts musician Samuel Bartley Steele filed papers in October, 2008 alleging the group copied lyrics from his 2004 song "(Man I Really) Love This Team," which was used as the theme tune for the famed Boston Red Sox. Steele is alleging Jon Bon Jovi heard the song while campaigning for U.S. Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry in 2004, and used the track's lyrics to create the hit song "I Love This Town". The song was later used as a promotional track for Major League Baseball. A judge dismissed the case in 2008 after Steele's own musicologist agreed the songs weren't very similar, but Steele has decided to challenge the decision. He filed a notice of appeal to the First Circuit Federal Court on Friday.
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