Phil Collins has won his royalties suit against two members of Earth, Wind & Fire, Rahmlee Michael Davies and Louis Satterfield, who served in Collins’ concert backing band during the ’80s and ’90s.
On Wednesday, a British High Court ruled that the former Genesis frontman had overpaid Davies and Satterfield in the amount of $384,000 from the royalties to Collins’ 1990 concert record, “Serious Hits Live,” according to Reuters.
Trumpeter Davies and trombonist Satterfield received the overpayment because of an accounting error that distributed royalties to the two for appearing on the entire “Live” album, rather than for just the five tracks on which they appeared.
The High Court also ruled that Davies and Satterfield would not be expected to repay any of the monies owed to Collins and even halved the total amount Collins was seeking in the case to $192,000.
In his decision, High Court Justice Jonathan Parker indicated that Collins’ claim
should be limited to future royalties earned from the album and that it was unlikely that any future royalties would cover the amount owed.
Collins apparently first became aware of the accounting error in 1997 and notified Davies and Satterfield that they had been overpaid and that he would seek to be recouped via the future royalties from “Serious Hits Live.”
A lawsuit was subsequently filed late last year in a California court, but the action was suspended once it was determined that the contracts which Davies and Satterfield had signed were governed under English law.
Davies and Satterfield appeared on several Earth, Wind & Fire albums during the late ’70s and early ’80s, including 1979’s “I Am” and 1983’s “Powerlight.” The two also worked on Collins’ successful solo LPs, 1981’s “Face Value,” 1982’s “Hello I Must Be Going,” and 1985’s “No Jacket Required,” and were paid only session wages and touring fees.