INXS and the Australian rock band's two ex-managers will go to mediation, at the urging of the New South Wales Supreme Court's Justice Patricia Bergin.

INXS and the Australian rock band's two ex-managers will go to mediation, at the urging of the New South Wales Supreme Court's Justice Patricia Bergin.

Mark Williams, SC, barrister for the managers, David Edwards and Michael Murchison of Odd Couple Productions, confirmed to Billboard.biz both sides would hold talks July 27 to resolve the matter.

The court today (July 20) wound up two days of testimony by INXS keyboard player and songwriter Andrew Farriss.

"This is the sort of situation where if the parties can reach a commercial deal themselves they should do so, so they can get on with their lives," Bergin said.

Sydney-based Edwards and Murchison are seeking A$10 million ($7.5 million) from INXS. The two claimed in papers filed in court that they came up with the concept in 2004 of finding a new singer via a reality TV series. As executive producers of the show, they were to receive 18% of the band's income from the project, including record sales, tour receipts, merchandise and book sale, the pair said.

The Australian band's first singer Michael Hutchence died in November 1997, after leading the band to world success.

The hit reality TV series, "Rock Star: INXS" linked the band members in September 2005 with Canadian singer JD Fortune, who performs on their current Epic album "Switch". INXS completed a sell-out six-month tour of the United States last month, with its "Switched On" tour touching down in Asia through August, Australia in September, and Europe in October and November.

Edwards says he was sacked by email three days after Fortune won the series; Murcheson says he was ousted in December.

Farriss told the court that INXS has taken legal action in the United States to recover $526,000 already paid to Odd Couple. He said the two had not lived up to their managerial responsibilities.

"I don't understand why not handling someone's career properly gets rewarded by paying them," he said.

In the United States, INXS's lawyer Kenneth Freundlich has made a request to the California Labor Commission for the contract between INXS and Odd Couple to be declared void. He argued the pair illegally helped CBS TV produce "Rock Star" without being a licensed talent agent.

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