Flemish singer Helmut Lotti and his manager Piet Roelen have won a lawsuit brought against the artist's former record label BMG-Ariola.

The Brussels Court of Appeal awarded Lotti and Roelen a provisional damages sum of almost €410,000 ($303,000).

Lotti originally filed the suit in 1998 after he switched label affiliation from BMG-Ariola to Universal Music. Despite his change of allegiance, BMG-Ariola went on to release a further six Lotti compilation album titles, which the artist and his representatives claimed had not been authorized.

The appeal court ruled in favor of Lotti and awarded €150,000 ($110,000) in damages, according to Lotti's counsel Daniel Gybels. Another €7,500 ($5,550) was awarded for the unauthorized use of Lotti's picture on a German compilation album. A provisional sum of €250,000 ($184,000), meanwhile, was awarded for material damages suffered by the artist and manager.

In a statement issued today, Lotti's manager Piet Roelen said he was "relieved" at the outcome.

BMG-Ariola has yet to issue a statement.