August 20, 2002

The following article appears in today's edition of The New York Times:

Here is a scene viewers won't see on the MTV show The Osbournes: OZZY OSBOURNE handing over millions in royalties to his onetime bass player and drummer.

The bass player, Bob Daisley, and the drummer, Lee Kerslake, sued Mr. Osbourne in federal court in Los Angeles in 2000. They said he owed them about $20 million for writing the songs on two heavy-metal albums from his pre-reality-television, pre-household-name days.

Judge Christina A. Snyder dismissed the case last week, saying that the statute of limitations had long since expired. She also said that the two men had failed to explain why they believed they had been improperly credited on record labels.

A lawyer for the Osbournes, Orin Snyder of the Manhattan firm of Parcher, Hayes & Snyder, said they were "delighted."

"It's a nice victory, and it comes at a good time," said Mr. Snyder, who is not related to the judge.

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