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Michael Jackson estate owes Quincy Jones $9.4 million, jury rules

July 27, 2017 • By

A California jury on Wednesday ordered Michael Jackson’s production company to pay mega-producer Quincy Jones more than $9.4 million in royalty damages for his work on the blockbuster albums “Thriller,” Bad” and “Off the Wall,” agreeing that the company shorted him while declining to award the full $30 million Jones sought.

The jury of 10 women and two men deliberated for more than two days before reaching its verdict, following a nearly two-week trial. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame producer filed suit in 2013, saying the company controlled by Jackson’s estate had breached long-standing contracts after the singer’s death, when interest in the King of Pop’s music surged. read more

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Jury Begins Deliberations in Quincy Jones-Michael Jackson Estate Royalties Dispute

July 25, 2017 • By

Talk of “word games” dominated closing arguments in the royalties trial between Quincy Jones and a company owned by Michael Jackson’s estate — and a jury of 10 women and two men will soon have to define terms like “record” and “videoshow” to determine how much money, if any, the producer is owed.

Jones sued MJJ Productions in 2013, claiming that after the King of Pop’s death Jones was shorted tens of millions in royalties and wrongfully denied the opportunity to remix works he created with the artist. The estate says some run of the mill accounting errors did cause Jones to be shorted, but he’s owed about $392,000 — not the $30 million he’s asking for. read more

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Quincy Jones Faces Off With Michael Jackson’s Company in Jury Trial

July 12, 2017 • By

The trial pits a dead music legend against a living one in what a potential juror described as “a tragedy.”
“Both of these men are musical geniuses,” said one potential juror of Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones. “I am so, so sorry this trial is going on. This is a tragedy.”

The retired University of Pennsylvania professor was thanked for her time and excused from an Los Angeles courtroom Tuesday morning. Also excused was a young woman whose father was an editor on the “Thriller” music video. Ultimately two men and 10 women were chosen — and they’re tasked with evaluating how credit and money should be split for posthumous revenue as part of a royalty dispute between the legendary producer and the King of Pop’s business. read more

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Quincy Jones Can’t DQ Atty Expert In Jackson Royalty Row

April 12, 2017 • By

Law360, Los Angeles (April 11, 2017, 10:51 PM EDT) — A California judge on Tuesday rejected Quincy Jones’ request to disqualify an attorney expert designated by Sony and Michael Jackson’s production company in Jones’ $10 million royalty battle, saying there wasn’t a “factual basis” showing the attorney was privy to confidential information when his former firm represented Jones.

Jones’ suit alleges that MJJ Productions Inc., which is controlled by Jackson’s estate, and Sony cheated him out of royalties for the soundtrack to “This Is It” — the documentary about the King of Pop released just months after Jackson’s 2009 death — and the Cirque du Soleil show featuring music from three Jackson albums Jones produced: “Off the Wall,” “Thriller” and “Bad.” read more

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March 28, 2017 • By

Michael Jackson’s former business partners tried to get a multi-million dollar slice of the pie after MJ’s death, but a judge just told them to kick rocks .

Three of the 4 plaintiffs claim they had a meeting with Michael in a Tokyo hotel room on June 1, 2006, and MJ promised them shares of his company. They claim Michael wanted to reward them for their loyalty at a time when the music biz had turned its back on him.

The plaintiffs include MJ’s former publicist Raymone Bain and Quadree el-Amin — a former manager for Boyz II Men — but they have a big problem. According to docs, there was no written contract, it was an oral agreement. Monday in L.A. the judge said their story lacked credibility, and they were too damn late. read more