Thursday, April 18, 2024

Judge: Quincy Jones $10 Mil Lawsuit Against Michael Jackson Estate Can Go to Trial


A Los Angeles judge says producer Quincy Jones’s lawsuit against the estate of Michael Jackson estate can go to trial.

Jones is suing the estate for $10 million after they reworked, remixed, remastered, and reissued the landmark albums he produced for Jackson — including “Off the Wall,” “Thriller,” and “Bad.”

The estate tried to get Judge Michael Stern to dismiss the case. Instead, Judge Stern said it can proceed.

Henry Gradstein is Jones’s lawyer, and he’s made a cottage business of suing the Jackson estate. He also represents Wade Robson and Jimmy Safechuck in their claims of molestation against Jackson when they were teens.

The Jones case may be harder for the estate and Sony to defend. First of all, this is Quincy Jones, and not just two mostly unknowns. Second, the Estate has documented in detail Jones’s work on the albums in all their reissues of the albums. Much as Michael Jackson was a genius, his best selling records wouldn’t have existed without Quincy Jones.

Jones contends that the Estate edited and changed his original recordings for the movie “This is It,” and for two Cirque du Soleil shows.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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