New Order Reach Settlement with Peter Hook
The two warring parties have at last settled their long-standing legal dispute
Published Sep 20, 2017Despite his recent reminiscences of the good old days, Peter Hook has been embroiled in a bitter battle with his former New Order bandmates for the last few years. According to the band, though, all parties have now reached a "full and final settlement."
Hook has been warring with the group since they reunited without him back in 2011, and has subsequently blasted Bernard Sumner's autobiography, sued over royalties and taken plenty of New Order and Joy Division's classic material out on tour with a new group of his own.
The new settlement specifically addresses disputes over Hook's use of New Order and Joy Division's assets in conjunction with his recent projects, as well as the amount of royalties he will receive for his former bandmates' continuing use of the name New Order.
New Order broke news of the agreement with an official statement this morning (September 20). It reads:
New Order announce that today, a full and final settlement has been reached in the long running disputes with their former bassist Peter Hook.
The disputes were based upon Hook's use of various New Order and Joy Division assets on merchandising and in the promotion of shows by his new band, and the amount of money he receives from the use of the name New Order by his former colleagues since 2011.
The Joy Division and New Order names mean a great deal to so many of the fans, and the band felt it important to protect the legacy.
With these issues now dealt with, Bernard, Stephen and Gillian can continue to do what they do best, make music and perform live.
New Order released their most recent studio album in 2015 with Music Complete. They've since also put out an extended version of the same LP, a live album dubbed NOMC15 and a retrospective remix compilation.