Agree this should all be on it's own "very crashingly unfortunate legal issues thread".You make a very good point in your last paragraph. Joe Moss for sure should have insisted that contracts were clear and signed…
Have to say I blame management for this whole disaster. "Long may it last..." Maybe they didn't think it would and they just couldn't be bothered to get important long term matters nailed down, or thought the terms were unreasonable and wouldn't be agreed to if discussed properly.
It's so depressing how a fresh new band can come along and then fall foul of the most obvious Rock N Roll pitfalls guaranteed to destroy any professional relationship.