Quincy Jones Loses Millions On Michael Jackson Verdict Appeal
Quincy Jones has taken a legal blow in his lawsuit involving the late Michael Jackson. As previously reported, in 2017, the legendary music producer was awarded $9.4 million dollars against the pop star’s estate for royalties and production fees he was reportedly owed.
On Tuesday (May 5th), a California appeals court overturned the 2017 verdict, citing that
“the jury misinterpreted a contract that it was the judge’s job to interpret anyway.”
The verdict also noted that
“The appeals court found that the jury wrongly granted Jones money from licensing fees, wrongly went beyond the 10% royalty rate Jones was owed for record sales, and incorrectly granted Jones money for remixes of Jackson’s master recordings.”
Quincy Jones was, however, able to keep a $2.5 million dollar award he claimed he was owed for the use of his masters in “This Is It” and other fees.
Quincy Jones, who’s musical career spans over 60 years, worked with Michael Jackson beginning in the late 70’s while Michael Jackson was working on The Wiz. They maintained a personal relationship until Jackson’s death in June 2009.
Jones said in a statement at the time of the verdict that the lawsuit
“was never about Michael, it was about protecting the integrity of the work we all did.”
Quincy Jones‘ representatives have not made any comments as of yet. What are your thoughts about this? Let us know in the comments.