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New Order and Peter Hook end their longstanding legal battle


New Order and former bass player Peter Hook have reached a settlement in their longstanding legal dispute over song royalties.

The battle, which centred around ownership of New Order and Joy Division assets, took a sour turn in 2015 when Hook sued New Order bandmates Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, and Gillian Gilbert, claiming that they shafted him more than £2.3 million. The band refuted Hook’s claims, saying he “receives his full share of all back catalogue royalties” before arguing about his use of New Order and Joy Division merch in the promotion of Peter Hook & the Light shows.

However, in a long and messy fight, the band have announced in an official statement that the dispute has been settled.

“New Order announce that today, a full and final settlement has been reached in the long running disputes with their former bassist Peter Hook,” the band write in a statement. “The Joy Division and New Order names mean a great deal to so many of the fans, and the band felt it important to protect the legacy. With these issues now dealt with, Bernard, Stephen and Gillian can continue to do what they do best, make music and perform live.”