Inn Wins Suit Against Van Morrison

An inn landlord who said his business almost collapsed after the singer Van Morrison canceled an appearance was awarded $66,800 compensation by a London court today (Nov. 11).

An inn landlord who said his business almost collapsed after the singer Van Morrison canceled an appearance was awarded $66,800 compensation by a London court today (Nov. 11). Gary Marlow had sued the 57-year-old star and his production company, Exile, for a total of $668,000 over the cancellation in August 2002 at the Crown Hotel in Everleigh, southern England.

Morrison and Exile denied any breach of contract and said the claim for compensation was unsubstantiated.

Marlow, 44, had claimed the return of the advance plus lost profits from the sale of tickets, alcohol, food and tobacco and a further sum for damage to his business' reputation. He said monthly sales at the 17th-century inn had plunged significantly and he was struggling to make a living.

High Court judge Peter Cresswell ordered Exile to pay Marlow $66,800, including a $33,400 advance fee paid to Exile. "I would like to say that I am absolutely thrilled that we have taken on one of the kings of rock and we have won," Marlow told reporters afterward. "Unfortunately we didn't get what we should have had but nevertheless we have beaten him."

Morrison's lawyer said his client canceled the concert at the beginning of July 2002 because Marlow had breached a crucial condition of the deal that restricted publicity. He stressed that the judge's ruling had been against Exile and not Morrison personally.

There was no immediate comment from Morrison, who is in Ireland.


AP LogoCopyright 2003 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.