Ongoing History of New Music

Ongoing History Daily: Make sure you sue on time

Hands up if you know who Tony McCarroll is?  Anyone?  Correct!  He was the drummer for Oasis for the first album. What happened to him? 

Noel Gallagher fired him before the Morning Glory album came out in 1995. Tony stayed quiet about things for a while but ultimately decided to sue for wrongful dismissal.  His lawyers argued that another lawyer had bungled the band’s original recording deal in 1993, creating 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 upset. 

Unfortunately for him, his lawsuit was thrown out in late 2002 because he waited too long.  British law says that you must sue for something like this within six years.  Tony missed the deadline–and maybe millions of dollars–by not suing before the end of 2000.

Monday’s post was entitled “How Loud is Too Loud?

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