The former managers of INXS are suing the veteran Australian rock act for damages of at least A$7.75 million ($5.7 million). In court papers tendered, Sydney-based David Edwards and Michael Murchison

The former managers of INXS are suing the veteran Australian rock act for damages of at least A$7.75 million ($5.7 million).

In court papers tendered, Sydney-based David Edwards and Michael Murchison claim that they devised the reality TV series "Rock Star: INXS" in 2004 but were sacked last year without remuneration.

The pair filed action in the New South Wales Supreme Court against Sydney-based INXS Productions and individual band members Kirk Pengilly, Garry Beers and Tim, Andrew and Jon Farriss.

Edwards and Murchison claim they were to be credited as executive producers of the TV format. They were entitled to 18% of gross revenue from the TV series and subsequent tours, and 15% of earnings from related projects including a book, Web site and merchandising, the papers claim.

"We say that (Murchison) and (Edwards) took them through the whole 'Rock Star' concept and as soon as ... the program started to generate real revenue, (they) were unceremoniously sacked," their attorney, Mark Williams, said outside court today (Feb. 24).

INXS's attorney Sean Docker argued today that the Australian case should not proceed until the band's case against Edwards and Murchison before the State Labour Commissioner in the state of California was heard.

That case, filed Oct. 27, 2005, claims Edwards and Murchison were not registered under that state's law to act as their agents.

Justice Patricia Bergin set the matter down on March 31 for argument on whether the Australian case should proceed.

"Rock Star: INXS", initially titled "Calling All Nations," was created after INXS failed to find a permanent replacement for their first singer Michael Hutchence, who died in a Sydney hotel room in 1997.

The series was screened in the United States on CBS last summer. With 31-year-old Canadian singer J.D. Fortune fronting the band, INXS had a hit stateside with their comeback single "Pretty Vegas" through Sony BMG. The band's world tour, which launched in January in support of the new album "Switch", is expected to play Australia in April.