Billy Joel LawsuitBilly Joel was said to have taken a relaxed attitude towards paying royalties to the people who helped him get to the top. According to Reuters, Liberty Devitto, who was Joel's main drummer from 1975 to 2005, was never paid royalties for the 11 albums he recorded with the piano man, a stretch that included some of Joel's greatest work.

Devitto, who played on some of Joel's charttoppers, including 'The Stranger' and '52nd Street,' filed a lawsuit against the singer in May 2009, alleging that royalty agreements made by Joel were never honored.