The members of Swedish duo Roxette have won a battle in the U.K.'s High Court over a man who accused them of substantially borrowing from one of his songs for the chorus of their 1993 hit "Sleeping in

The members of Swedish duo Roxette have won a battle in the U.K.'s High Court over a man who accused them of substantially borrowing from one of his songs for the chorus of their 1993 hit "Sleeping in My Car," Billboard Bulletin reports.

Swedish musician Stephan Malmstedt had sought damages that included compensation for "seven years of emotional trauma." However, a judge yesterday (Nov. 4) rejected his claim, finding that any similarities between Malmstedt's song and the Roxette hit are "not extensive, do not relate to musical features which are unusual, and could perfectly well be coincidental."

Malmstedt, who lives in London, claimed that he sent a copy of his song "Jenny and I" on a demo tape to Roxette's label, EMI Records, and that a close friend of one of the band members also received a copy. His claim related only to the musical composition, not the lyrics. Roxette songwriter Per Gessle argued that he never heard "Jenny and I" and that "Sleeping in My Car" was independently created.