Man suing U2 over song wants Supreme Court to hear appeal of pre-trial ruling

Man Suing U2 Over Song Wants Supreme Court To Hear Appeal Of Pre-Trial Ruling
Mr Kiely alleges U2 was short of material for its 2004 album, and he claims he entered into an oral agreement with Mr Clayton allowing use of the song on the album on certain terms.
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A Dublin man who claims he wrote one of the songs on a U2 album has said he intends to "appeal to the Supreme Court" a judge’s ruling that the band's bassist Adam Clayton should not have to answer certain pre-trial questions.

Maurice Kiely is suing U2 Ltd, a limited liability company linked to the band, alleging the song ‘A Man and A Woman’ was written by him in 1998 and that he performed it for US model Cindy Crawford. He claims it was allegedly unlawfully included on U2’s album ‘How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb’. He is seeking €12million in damages.


U2 Ltd denies his claims and says the lyrics were written by Bono, otherwise known as Paul Hewson, and the music was composed by all four members of the band.

Mr Kiely alleges U2 was short of material for its 2004 album, and he claims he entered into an oral agreement with Mr Clayton allowing use of the song on the album on certain terms.

He further claims that the song would only be used on the album and would never be performed live by U2 or registered as their own composition.

Last month when ruling in a preliminary motion in the case High Court judge, Mr Justice Brian O'Moore dismissed Mr Kiely's bid to order U2 Ltd to answer on oath pre-trial questions, known as interrogatories.


Mr Kiely wanted several questions answered by Mr Clayton and the band regarding the song as part of his claim where he seeks €12 million damages.

When the matter was briefly mentioned before the court on Wednesday Mr Kiely told Mr Justice O'Moore that he wished to appeal the decision "to the Supreme Court."

Mr Kiely said the costs of the motion was a matter for the court.

Representing himself in the proceedings Mr Kiely also said he did not wish to contest any decision the court made as to who should pay the legal costs of the pre-trial motion.


Kelley Smith SC for U2 Ltd said as her client had been successfully in the application it was seeking an order for their costs of the motion.

Mr Justice O'Moore said that Mr Kiely was entitled to appeal his decision to the Court of Appeal.

Mr Kiely, he added would first need to seek permission from the Supreme Court if he wishes to have his appeal heard by that court.

The judge said that U2 Ltd was entitled to its costs of the motion.


However, he placed a stay on that order against Mr Kiely until the full trial of the dispute has been determined by the High Court.

The judge said that he was concerned about how the matter was progressing, given that the case has been brought over two years ago.

The Judge, noting Mr Kiely's stated intention to appeal his ruling, put in place a timetable for parties to exchange of legal papers in the dispute.

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In his ruling on the pre-trial questions, Mr Justice O'Moore held that the Mr Kiely’s application should fail due to the nature of the questions posed by Mr Kiely.

The interrogatories are inappropriate and not ones the court should compel U2 ltd to answer, he said.

He added that some of the interrogatories have “nothing whatsoever to do with” Mr Kiely’s case.

The judge also stated that Mr Kiely should have secured court permission to serve U2 Ltd with his interrogatories, and that the application should also fail on that ground.

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