Co-Writer of "Crazy Train" and Former Band Member Sues Ozzy Osbourne and Blizzard Music Limited for Unpaid Royalties
Minden, Nevada – August 9, 2016: Robert "Bob" Daisley, one of the writers of the hit song "Crazy Train" and a former band mate of Ozzy Osbourne, filed suit yesterday against Osbourne and Blizzard Music Limited, seeking more than $2 million in unpaid royalties. The complaint was filed in the Ninth Judicial District Court of the State of Nevada in Douglas County. Daisley is represented by Crowell & Moring LLP and Snell & Wilmer LLP.
Daisley was one of the co-authors for songs on the famous hard rock albums Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman. Blizzard of Ozz reached multi-platinum status in the 1990s and featured well-known tracks, including "Crazy Train," which is regularly heard today in sports arenas and featured in many television shows, commercials, and video games. For the past 35 years, the copyrights to the songs co-authored by Daisley have been administered by Osbourne and his affiliated companies in England and the United States, Blizzard Music Limited. The Complaint alleges that, 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 songs.
"While Mr. Osbourne was benefitting from the songs co-authored by our client, the audit shows that he was systematically shortchanging Mr. Daisley," said Crowell & Moring partner Alan Howard, who represents Mr. Daisley. "Mr. Daisley had no choice but to bring this action to secure his fair share of the proceeds those songs have generated."
The Complaint in part requests an award of monetary damages for harm alleged to have been caused by Osbourne and Blizzard Music Limited's fraudulent conduct, as well as punitive damages. The complaint also requests an accounting of the books and records of Blizzard US and Osbourne.
Crowell & Moring LLP is an international law firm with approximately 500 lawyers representing clients in litigation and arbitration, regulatory, and transactional matters. The firm is internationally recognized for its representation of Fortune 500 companies in high-stakes litigation, as well as its ongoing commitment to pro bono service and diversity. The firm has offices in Washington, DC, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orange County, Anchorage, London, and Brussels.
Founded in 1938, Snell & Wilmer is a full-service business law firm with more than 400 attorneys practicing in nine locations throughout the western United States and in Mexico, including Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada. The firm represents clients ranging from large publicly traded corporations to small businesses, individuals and entrepreneurs. For more information, visit www.swlaw.com.
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