New Order and its former bassist Peter Hook have ended their long-standing High Court dispute, reaching what a statement describes as a “full and final settlement.” The court case was due to go to trial later this year after Hook took legal action over lost royalties that he said had totaled over £2 million ($3 million) in the years since the band (frontman Bernard Sumner, drummer Stephen Morris and keyboardist Gillian Gilbert) reformed without him in 2011.
According to papers filed by Hook's legal team at the time of a two-day preliminary hearing in London two years ago, 2011 also saw Sumner, Morris and Gilbert form a new company -- New Order Limited -- to license the band's trademark and associated goodwill from Vitalturn Ltd, the business that all four members set up in 1992 following the collapse of Factory Records. The new licensing arrangement was not done with Hook's prior knowledge or consent, leading his lawyers to describe it as a "fait accompli."
Lawyers acting on Hook’s behalf argued that the 1.25 percent he receives of New Order royalties and other income from merchandise and touring was too low and should be closer to 12.5 percent. At the time of the 2015 court hearing, representatives of New Order insisted they had treated Hook fairly and that his stake in the band's royalties was "entirely reasonable."