Quincy Jones Loses $6.9 Million on Michael Jackson Verdict Appeal – Variety


An appellate courtroom dominated on Tuesday that the Michael Jackson property doesn’t need to pay $6.9 million in royalties and charges to Quincy Jones.

The three-judge panel of the 2nd Appellate District overturned the majority of a 2017 jury verdict, discovering that the trial decide had allowed the jury to misread Jones’ contract.

Jones’ attorneys had argued that the producer was entitled to some $30 million in royalties and different earnings derived from the “This Is It” live performance movie, two Cirque du Soleil exhibits and different income streams that adopted Jackson’s loss of life in 2009. After a two-week trial, the jurors awarded Jones $9.Four million.

However on Tuesday, the appeals courtroom took most of it again, saying that Decide Michael L. Stern had erred by not decoding the contract himself, and as a substitute leaving it as much as the jurors.

After Jackson’s loss of life, his property negotiated an elevated share of earnings by means of a three way partnership with Sony, going from 50% to two-thirds. Jones’ attorneys argued at trial that he was entitled beneath his producer contract to a proportional enhance in royalties. The jury agreed, granting Jones $5.three million in three way partnership earnings.

However the appeals courtroom dominated that Jones’ producer contracts didn’t entitle him to such a rise.

“The language of part 4(a) can’t be tortured to imply that Jones’s most royalty charge elevated proportionally if Jackson’s most royalty charge elevated,” wrote Justice Judith Ashmann-Gerst, on behalf of a unanimous panel.

The courtroom additionally vacated an award of $1.6 million in remix charges, which Jones claimed he was owed. Jones’ contract gave him first proper of refusal on remixes of his Jackson albums, which he was not afforded. However the panel held he was not entitled to be paid charges for remixing work that he didn’t carry out.

“The one compensation Jones was entitled to obtain was royalties from file gross sales on remixes, and the proof signifies he obtained them,” Ashmann-Gerst wrote. “If he needed remixing charges, he needed to negotiate them in separate agreements.”

The courtroom left in place the remaining $2.6 million awarded to Jones, which consisted of unpaid license charges from “This Is It,” plus different charges and curiosity.

Jones had additionally appealed two of Stern’s rulings that went in opposition to him. His attorneys argued he ought to have been allowed to assert elder abuse, and may have been awarded curiosity on a higher portion of the damages award. These appeals had been each denied.

Howard Weitzman, who represented the Jackson property, issued a press release claiming vindication.

“Quincy Jones was the final individual we thought would attempt to reap the benefits of Michael Jackson by submitting a lawsuit three years after he died asking for tens of tens of millions of {dollars} he wasn’t entitled to,” Weitzman mentioned. “We knew the decision was fallacious after we heard it, and the courtroom of attraction has fully vindicated us. From the start this was an try and reap the benefits of Michael understanding he wasn’t right here to defend himself.”

John Branca, co-executor of the property, additionally issued a remark: “So many individuals have tried to reap the benefits of Michael and mischaracterize him since his loss of life. It’s gratifying that on this case the courtroom in an overwhelmingly favorable and simply determination, acknowledges that Michael Jackson was each an unlimited expertise and an especially truthful enterprise government.”

Kirk Dillman, an lawyer representing Jones, additionally put out a press release through which he selected to look on the intense facet: “Whereas we disagree with parts of the Courtroom’s determination and are evaluating our choices going ahead, we’re happy that the Courtroom affirmed the jury’s dedication that MJJP didn’t pay Quincy Jones greater than $2.5M that it owed him.”


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