Peter Hook, the 59-year-old former member of Joy Division and its surviving band New Order, is now suing the remaining members of the latter group for the continued use of the band's name.

According to BBC News, "Hook claims he has lost out on more than £2.3m since the three other band members set up a company without him to handle the band's income in 2011." He also accused members Bernard Sumner and Stephen and Gillian Morris of "pillaging" the group's assets. Hook left the band officially in 2007 before the remaining members moved to Mute Records.

The issues stem back in 1992, when the band's original label Factory went ground up. As a result, the remaining members formed the new label Vitalturn, which held the right's to New Order's catalog. Hook owns 25 percent of the latter label.

However, in 2011, four years after Hook departed from the group, the remaining members formed New Order Ltd. and in part granted that company the rights and revenue of the band for the following ten years. Hook's barrister Mark Wyeth QC called the move "clandestine, premeditated and deliberate." He added, "It was as though George Harrison and Ringo Starr had got together at George's house one Friday night and had acted together to divest Paul McCartney of his shareholding in the Beatles, and didn't tell Yoko about it either."

Since forming New Order Ltd., the band has earned a reported £7.8m income, with Hook earning only 1.25 percent and asking the courts for up to 12.5 percent. Wyeth states that Hook's decision is "not about musical direction or musical differences or personality clashes, but first and foremost about wrongdoers taking control of a company and stripping it of its property."

The case is ongoing.