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Ozzy Osbourne Royalties Lawsuit Dismissed

There will be no more tears or anything else regarding a lawsuit against Ozzy Osbourne by his former bassist.

The case over unpaid royalties by Bob Daisley, who played in Osbourne's original Blizzard of Ozz band, has been dismissed by a U.S. District Court Judge Christina Snyder and directed to arbitration.

Daisley sued Osbourne last August for $2 million in royalties he said he was owed for his songwriting and playing on Osbourne's first two solo albums, Blizzard Of Ozz and Diary Of A Madman; Daisley further claimed that Osbourne and his wife/manager Sharon Osbourne set up a bogus company that allowed them to not report some revenues from the album.

Osbourne's representatives called Daisley's suit "harassment" since the bassist had made other attempts to sue the singer before -- including a suit with drummer Lee Kerslake that was dismissed during 2002.

There's no word yet on when, or whether, arbitration will take place.

 

Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.