Factory Records: FAC 61 FCL VS HANNETT

LAWSUIT / DOCUMENT
16/3/82

Notes: A lawsuit brought by MARTIN HANNETT (thus, actually "Hannett vs. FCL") requesting that (1) FCL be "wound up" (dissolved), with all profits and capital distributed proportionately to each of the Factory directors, or alternatively (2) that Hannett's shares in the company be bought out by FCL and/or the directors for a "just and reasonable" price; that price being adjusted against "acts and omissions" of those same directors.

Unlike the generally accepted knowledge ascribed to this lawsuit, Joy Division and New Order royalties, as such, are not cited in the initial filing of Hannett's lawsuit (although they may indeed have figured as one impetus out of many), but rather it does, rightly, question Rob Gretton's role in JOY DIVISION / NEW ORDER as relating to the detriment of FCL. Anthony Wilson cited Factory's refusal to purchase a Fairlight synthesizer for Hannett [for £30,000], and to instead earmark £50,000 toward The Hacienda (FAC 51) as Hannett's main reason for taking legal action against FCL. (This is born out in part by one of the claims within the lawsuit itself.) The case was settled out of court in January 1984 with a £40,000 payment to Hannett. (FAC 229 states that Hannett "stepped down" as a director in 1984.)

There is rumoured to be stationery for this number.

FAC 61 FCL VS HANNETT

FAC 61 FCL VS HANNETT

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