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UK: Pop Star Phil Collins Wins Royalties Battle

Multi-millionaire rock star Phil Collins on Wednesday won a royalties battle against two members of his former backing band. Justice Jonathan Parker ruled that U.S. musicians Rahmlee Michael Davies and Louis Satterfield - the two surviving members of the legendary group Earth, Wind and Fire - were overpaid royalties of 244,000 pounds ($385,000).

But the high court judge made it clear that the two band members would not have to repay any money and ruled that Oscar-winner Collins was only entitled to half the amount - 122,000 pounds ($192,600). Justice Parker also criticised Collins' handling of the dispute, saying it was "highly regrettable" the case had to be resolved in court.

Collins' company Phil Collins Ltd had argued that Davies and Satterfield had been overpaid royalties to the tune of $345,000 and 29,000 pounds ($45,800) in respect of a nine-month tour they went on with Collins in 1990. 

Justice Parker said he was satisfied that under the deal they had only been entitled to royalties for five tracks on the "Serious Hits Live" album, not the 15 tracks for which they had received money for a number of years.

But he said that in the circumstances he considered Collins was only entitled to half the overpaid royalties.

Collins had agreed that money recovered in the legal battle would be set off against future royalty payments, leaving him unlikely to receive any direct payment as a result, the judge said. ($1=.6335 Pound).

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