Quincy Jones’s victory in a lawsuit over the music of the late Michael Jackson was quashed by a court of appeal in California.
In 2017, Jones, now 87, won $ 9.4 million from Jackson’s estate after songs he produced were used in projects like “This Is It” and a pair of shows. from Cirque du Soleil. He originally asked for $ 30 million.
The court said the jury had misinterpreted a contract, which was supposed to have been interpreted by the judge.
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Originally, Jones received money for license fees, record sales royalties and money for remixes of Jackson’s master recordings, totaling $ 6.9 million. The court found that the amount had been wrongly awarded to the music tycoon.
The remaining $ 2.5 million was kept intact for Jones for several costs, including the use of his masters in “This Is It”, a Jackson-centered concert film.
A cross-appeal was completed by Jones, claiming that he should have been allowed to claim elder abuse in the trial court – but his appeal was dismissed.
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“Although we disagree with some parts of the Court’s decision and are evaluating our options in the future, we are pleased that the Court has confirmed the jury’s decision that MJJP did not pay Quincy Jones over $ 2.5 million she owed him, “said Jones’ lawyer. Michael Hennigan said in a statement.
Jackson’s lawyer Howard Weitzman said he was surprised by Jones’ trial, calling him “the last person we thought we would try to take advantage of Michael Jackson by filing a lawsuit three years after his death by asking for tens of millions of dollars to which he was not entitled. at. “
Weitzman added, “We knew the verdict was wrong when we heard it, and the court of appeal fully justified it. “
Jones originally claimed that he should be paid for “video sharing” of his songs when they were used in the film, but Jackson’s lawyer argued that video sharing applied to music videos, not movies.
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“So many people have tried to take advantage of and distort Michael since his death,” Jackson estate co-executor John Branca said on Tuesday. “It is gratifying that in this case the court, in an extremely favorable and just decision, recognized that Michael Jackson was both a tremendous talent and an extremely fair business executive. “
Jackson died in 2009 at the age of 50.
The Associated Press contributed to this report