The Dublin Circuit Civil Court orders that U2 be given back memorabilia taken from them by their former stylist Lola Cashman.
In the mid 1980s London based stylist Lola Cashman was employed to help create a new image for Bono and U2. At the end of The Joshua Tree tour in 1988, she claimed Bono gifted her some items of memorabilia, including his iconic Stetson hat, trousers, sweatshirt and metal hooped earrings.
In 2002 Lola Cashman tried to put the items of memorabilia items up for auction. U2 took legal action, insisting it was not hers to sell. Lola Cashman then instituted defamation proceedings against the band in the High Court in London.
A two day trial in the Dublin Circuit Civil Court heard evidence from Bono, U2 manager Paul McGuinness, crew members and Lola Cashman.
The stylist thought Bono had given her the items but the Circuit Court President, Mr Justice Matthew Deery did not believe her account. He told her to return the items along with a Christmas decoration and 200 photographs of U2 members.
Referring to the photographs, Judge Deery said the film had been bought by the band and used by the stylist when she had unlimited access to the band dressing and undressing. He said
There was an obligation on behalf of Ms Cashman to observe the confidentiality and respect the dignity of the band members.
U2 members Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen were not in court for the verdict, as they were preparing for a gig in Poland as part of their continuing Vertigo tour. In a statement they said they were pleased the matter has been resolved.
The point of principle involved was of much greater significance to us than any item of memorabilia.
The band thanked the court for its patience and wished Lola Cashman well in the future.
The Dublin Circuit Civil Court gave Lola Cashman seven days to return the items and the extent of the costs of the high-profile case has yet to be decided.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 5 July 2005. The reporter is Mary Wilson.