Quincy Jones Wins $9.4 M Lawsuit Over Michael Jackson Royalties
And he's coming to collect!
Los Angeles, CA – Quincy Jones is known for producing some of the late king of pop Michael Jackson's biggest hits — a great achievement that one would think that the score of someone a cushy life of royalty checks.
The legendary producer, 84-year-old, has been fighting against the Jackson estate for years about the dispute of the terms of two contracts, both musicians was signed in 1978 and 1985.
The Wednesday (July 27), a Los Angeles Superior Court jury found that Jackson's estate owed Jones $9.4 million dollars in royalties and production fees stemming from his work in Jackson's monster album releases, Off the Wall (1979), Thriller (1982), and Bad (1987).
"This lawsuit was never about Michael, it was about the protection of the integrity of the work he did in the recording studio and the legacy of what we created," Jones wrote in a statement to the Associated Press after the verdict. "Despite the fact that this (the judgment) is not the total amount that I was looking for, I am very grateful that the jury decided in our favor on this issue. My point of view not only as a victory for me personally, but for the rights of artists in general."
Jones had originally been in search of $ 30 million in unpaid royalties, a remarkable contrast with the $392,000 Jackson estate was willing to participate. Initially, the amount was $10 million, but Jones' attorneys apparently did some research and the accounting of the estate's profits in recent years.
Naturally, Jackson's estate attorney Howard Weitzman and his co-adviser Zia Modabber said the jury's decision to be poppycock and jury of appeal.
"Any amount above and beyond what is called for in their contracts is too much and unfair to the heirs of Michael," they say. "Despite the fact that Mr. Jones is to portray this is a victory for the rights of the artists, the real artist is Michael Jackson and it's your money Mr. Jones is looking for."
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