New Order Settles With Former Bassist
British rock icons New Order announced “a full and final settlement has been reached” in the dispute with former bassist and co-founder Peter Hook.
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The long-running dispute centered on Hook’s use of various New Order and Joy Division assets while promoting shows by his current band, Peter Hook and the Light.
Hook formed Joy Division with Bernard Sumner in 1976. The band reformed as New Order following the death of lead singer Ian Curtis in 1980. Hook left the band in 2007.
The dispute was also based on the amount of money Hook receives from the use of the name New Order by his former colleagues since 2011. In 2015, Hook sued New Order, claiming he lost “more than £2 million after the remaining three members licensed the group’s name to a new company.”
The statement released by New Order on Sept. 20 reads: “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 [Sumner], Stephen [Morris] and Gillian [Gilbert] can continue to do what they do best, make music and perform live.”