Bassist Peter Hook left New Order in 2007, and unfortunately, the situation since then has not been amicable. Many conflicts have arisen between the two parties throughout the years, all culminating in a lawsuit that Hook filed against the band in 2015 over the royalties from New Order and Joy Division assets.
New Order, consisting of Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert, announced today, however, that the legal battle is finally over and that they have reached “a full and final settlement” with Hook. Specific details concerning the settlement were not disclosed, but Hook initially claimed that he lost out on over $3.5 million after the rest of the band set up a new licensing company in 2011 to take care of their finances.
The band said in a statement:
“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 recently appeared at Chicago’s Riot Fest and played a show with electronic duo Goldfrapp at the Hollywood Bowl shortly after. Meanwhile, Hook and his band The Light are currently touring, playing full-album performances of New Order’s and Joy Division’s respective Substance records. Check out Paste’s list of the 10 best New Order songs here.