Ozzy Osbourne Responds to New Lawsuit by Former Bassist

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Former Ozzy Osbourne collaborator Bob Daisley doesn’t seem to know when to give up when it comes to lawsuits. After unsuccessfully suing Ozzy Osbourne in 1998 for unpaid royalties, with the case being ultimately dismissed by the United States District Court in Los Angeles in 2003 after Judge Christina A. Snyder was unable to find how he was improperly credited, he has decided once again to sue Ozzy Osbourne for $2 million in unpaid royalties in Osbourne’s popular track, “Crazy Train,” according to Billboard. The court document obtained by NME states:

Although royalties have been paid to Daisley over the years, an audit conducted in 2014 showed that Osbourne and his company had been improperly deducting undisclosed fees before distributing royalties to Daisley and improperly withholding Daisley’s rightful share of royalties owed under the publishing agreements for the commercial exploitations of the song.

Not looking to mince any words or soften his client’s accusations, Daisley’s lawyer Alan Howard said, “While Mr. Osbourne was benefiting from the songs co-authored by our client, the audit shows that he was systematically short-changing Mr. Daisley. Mr. Daisley had no choice but to bring this action to secure his fair share of the proceeds those songs have generated.

Not looking to mince words, Osbourne representatives in a rather blunt statement:

“We understand that Mr. Daisley is now in retirement and that these funds are his main source of income, so it is his right to be diligent with his money, but after 36 years, this is tantamount to harassment. We would have hoped that after 36 years that Mr. Daisley would have lost his unhealthy personal obsession and resentment towards Mr. Osbourne’s success. Blizzard Music and Mr. Osbourne plan to vigorously defend these proceedings.”

Daisley is no stranger to lawsuits, not only towards Ozzy Osbourne, but in general. After being fired right before Osbourne’s Diary of a Madman was released, he and fellow drummer Lee Kerslake successfully filed a lawsuit against Jet Records for royalties on their performances. In a 2010 interview with a fan posted on his own website, in response to the question why he was suing the Osbournes, he responded:

Lee and I found out…they were receiving our performance royalties from the sales of ‘Blizzard’ and ‘Diary’. I sought legal advice from a law firm in L.A. who told us we had a good case and so legal action was taken to bring the Osbournes to justice…When they took ownership of the name and catalogue of Ozzy Osbourne, they also inherited the liability of paying us, which they’ve never done to this day.

Ozzy Osbourne image by Alberto Cabello, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC by 2.0).