Morrissey appeals 1996 decision that left him owing over a million pounds to former Smiths bassist and drummer...

Morrissey returned to the High Court in London this week to appeal against the 1996 ruling that left him over a million pounds poorer following a suit brought by former Smiths members Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce.

Rourke and Joyce sued Morrissey for performing and recording royalties; their QC claimed that Morrissey and Johnny Marr – the songwriting team behind The Smiths – had paid themselves four times as much as Joyce and Rourke without their knowledge. The appeal rests on a challenge to the understanding of the judge in the original case, Judge Weeks, about the original agreement between the members of The Smiths.

The case continues.

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