New Order have responded to Peter Hook's lawsuit against them.
Hook left the band in 2007, yet enmity has lingered between the two parties for some time. The High Court have permitted Peter Hook to lodge legal papers against the group, intending to sue them for "many millions" following allegations that the bass player had been manoeuvred away from income that was legally his.
New Order have now issued a statement to clarify their position:
Obviously the band are disappointed that Peter is pursuing this claim in this particular way. The reports so far take a number of things out of context. Peter still, for instance, receives his full share of all back catalogue royalties. This dispute relates only to the share of income he takes from our work without him since 2011.
Not much more we can say as nothing has been decided by the Court on the facts other than he has a right to proceed with the claim, so this matter is still in play.
We're getting on with life and concentrating on touring and promoting our new album.
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New Order's new album 'Music Complete' is out now.