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The Universal Music Group has been brought the legal action involving former UK chart topping boy band Busted which has been brought by two former members Ki Fitzgerald and Owen Doyle who were axed before the band became successful. The label is added as new matters include allegation that the axed members’ vocals appeared in on the band’s 2002 album Busted released by the major. Fitzgerald and Doyle have already claimed that they were integral in the creation of the Busted franchise, coming up with the name and co-writing some of the band’s early hits. They claim they were unfairly cut out of the equation by manager Richard Rashman and that Rashman failed to fulfill his contractual commitments as a manager to protect their interests by making them sign agreements on their departure that greatly favoured Rashman and remaining band members, James Bourne and Matt Willis. Fitzgerald and Doyle’s 2005 legal action seeks a cut of the royalties from the band’s early songs and trademark use. Rashman, Bourne and Willis are named as defendants. The claimants are also looking at the band’s US trade mark registration which is allegedly held in Rashman’s personal name. The High Court has ordered evidence to be submitted by July for a trial start date of 1st Feb 2008.

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