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Gina G ex-label boss hit by legal bill

Gina G's former record label boss Stephen Rodway has been ordered by the High Court to foot a massive legal costs bill in the long-running legal dispute between FX Music and the one-time Eurovision hopeful.

Gina G, now relaunching her career in the US with Warner Bros, was freed from her contract with Rodway's FX in February 1999 after a previous court appearance established she had received less than £30,000 in royalties from Ooh Aah...Just A Little Bit, an album and five other hit singles.

However, since then a side battle has been fought over who should meet the legal costs of the original case. Although Rodway was not a defendant in the original action, resulting in FX going into liquidation, he was a majority shareholder. Last week the High Court ruled that Rodway must pay part of the legal costs, but these were not specified.

In a separate High Court case Richard Walmsley (aka Goldbug) is set to receive thousands of pounds following a successful royalties battle with Acid Jazz over the 1996 hit Whole Lotta Love. The exact calculations over the adaptation of the Led Zeppelin classic, which reached number three, have yet to be worked out but a counter-claim for breach of contract by Acid Jazz was dismissed last week.

Meanwhile, Ministry magazine agreed to pay former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page "substantial" libel damages, legal costs and issue a public apology at the High Court last week over an article about John Bonham's death.

Finally, a judgment is expected this week in the action launched by Phil Collins in which he is seeking to recoup around £500,000 in royalties mistakenly overpaid to former backing musicians Louis Satterfield and Rahmlee Davis, who played on the singer's live album from the 1990 Serious tour.

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