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Ex-Oasis drummer loses appeal
Tony McCarroll at an earlier appearance in 1999
Tony McCarroll was not in court for the hearing
Former Oasis drummer Tony McCarroll has lost his appeal over his sacking from the band.

McCarroll had tried to sue the band's firm of lawyers over his dismissal in 1995 following the release of their debut album.

He had believed the legal firm was negligent in its handling of a recording contract with Sony drawn up in 1993 which allowed band members to sack him instantly without compensation.

In November, a judge threw out his claim because he had taken too long to file it - and on Tuesday, three Appeal Court judges backed the ruling.

Lord Justice Pill, Lord Justice Latham and Mr Justice Morland dismissed his appeal against the High Court ruling.

They said the judge in the original, Mr Justice Gray, had been correct to rule that thecase could not proceed because he had brought his claim outside of the six-year time limit.

McCarroll was not in court for the ruling.


Liam and Noel Gallagher
Liam and Noel Gallagher fired McCarroll in 1994
He had attempted to sue solicitors Statham Gill Davies, saying the contract the firm had negotiated wrongly favoured Oasis members Noel and Liam Gallagher.

A summary judgement had been awarded to the solicitors - who had firmly rejected claims of negligence.

McCarroll formed Oasis with Manchester schoolfriends Liam Gallagher, Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs and Paul McGuigan, with Noel Gallagher joining shortly afterwards.

He starred in the video for their August 1994 single Live Forever, being buried by his bandmates before rising from the dead, and featured on debut album Definitely Maybe.

But he was fired shortly afterwards, and was replaced by Londoner Alan White.

In 1999 he was awarded 550,000 in unpaid royalties, effectively severing any ties he had with the band.

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