It’s been nearly seven years since Michael Jackson’s death but that passed time hasn’t put an end to the lawsuits involving his music. The latest lawsuit in the news involves his former producer and the production and sales of Jackson’s music after his death.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michal Stern ruled in February that a lawsuit over breach of contract claims filed by Jackson’s former producer Quincy Jones against MJJ Productions (controlled by Jackson’s estate) and record company, Sony Music Entertainment, involving royalties on some of the biggest hits Jones produced for Jackson can go to trial, reports the Orange County Register. He said it would be up to a jury to decide the numerous factual disputes about whether Jones is owed any money.
He sued MJJ Productions and Sony Music Entertainment in 2013 for at least $10 million. Jones claims the defendants edited songs for the “This Is It” film featuring footage of Jackson rehearsing for a concert tour, a pair of Cirque du Soleil shows featuring Jackson’s music and the 25th anniversary edition of Jackson’s album “Bad” to deprive him of royalties and production fees. He also seeks a credit on the film. Jackson’s estate and Sony Music have tried to have the case dismissed.