If You’re Going to Sue, Don’t Wait

Oasis fans will remember Tony McCarroll as the original drummer for Oasis for the first album. 

But then Noel Gallagher fired him before the Morning Glory album came out in 1995.  For a while, Tony stayed quiet about what happened but then decided to sue for wrongful dismissal. 

His lawyers argued that another lawyer had messed up the band’s original recording deal in 1993 which created a loophole that allowed Noel to fire anyone instantly without any kind of severance or compensation. 

And after watching Oasis sell 30 million albums without him, Tony got a little miffed.  Unfortunately for him, his lawsuit was thrown out in November 2002 because he waited too long.  British law says that you have to sue for something like this within six years. 

Tony missed the deadline–and maybe millions of dollars–by waiting too long to sue.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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