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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

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IRS vs The Estate of Michael Jackson -Daily updates

February 9, 2017 • By

Michael Jackson’s $700M Last Dance With IRS Kicks Off In LA
Los Angeles (February 6, 2017, 11:46 PM EST) — Michael Jackson’s estate delivered opening statements Monday in its battle with the Internal Revenue Service over a tax bill that could reach $700 million, rejecting claims that Jackson’s image and music rights were worth over $800 million when he died and arguing they were instead rendered worthless by debts and scandal.

During the first day of a trial in Los Angeles that’s expected to run for several weeks, attorneys for the estate and the IRS laid out their respective cases to U.S. Tax Judge Mark Holmes, who is visiting from the tax court’s home base in Washington, D.C., to decide whether the estate underreported its value by hundreds of millions of dollars at the time of the King of Pop’s death in June 2009. read more

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John Branca Takes the Stand in Michael Jackson Tax Trial

February 7, 2017 • By

Prominent music attorney John Branca took the stand Monday on the first day of trial in a potentially billion-dollar tax fight between Michael Jackson’s estate and the IRS.

Branca, who represented the King of Pop off and on for nearly three decades, took the stand after lunch and spent nearly four hours being examined by Jackson estate attorney Howard Weitzman.

The trial is expected to last three weeks, as attorneys for the estate and the government each work to convince a judge that their value of Jackson’s likeness at the time of his death is the correct one. Jackson is widely considered one of the greatest musical talents who ever lived — but the court will have to decide whether accusations of child molestation, rumors of drug use and a lack of tours and album releases in the last few years of his life were enough to lower the value of his brand. read more

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Quincy Jones’ Royalties Dispute With Michael Jackson Estate Inches Toward Trial

January 19, 2017 • By


One music icon and the estate of another are set to go to trial Feb. 21.

Quincy Jones’ breach of contract claims involving posthumous Michael Jackson releases will proceed to trial next month, after a judge on Wednesday denied a motion for summary judgment.

The fight began in 2013 when Jones sued Sony Entertainment and MJJ Productions, a song company controlled by the King of Pop’s estate, claiming master recordings he produced were wrongfully edited and remixed to deprive him of backend profit participation. The works at issue including the This Is It film and soundtrack album and the 25th anniversary edition of Bad. read more