A legal victory for Quincy Jones against Michael Jackson’s estate has been overturned by a California appeals court.
In 2013, Jones filed a lawsuit against the late pop icon’s estate seeking $30 million for royalties he felt he was entitled from the concert film This Is It, and two Cirque du Soleil shows, and other record sales according to the Associated Press. The trial concluded three years later, in 2017, with Jones’ walking away with more than $9.4 million.
However, on Tuesday (May 5), a California appeals court overturned the verdict. The court found that the first judge who handled the trial didn’t adequately interpret the contracts that were the crux of the lawsuit before the case was put before a jury, according to the outlet.
Based on their reevaluation, Jones should have been awarded $2.5 million instead of $9.4 million.
Following the new ruling, Jackson lawyer, Howard Weitzman, put out a statement.
“Quincy Jones was the last person we thought would try to take advantage of Michael Jackson by filing a lawsuit three years after he died asking for tens of millions of dollars he wasn’t entitled to,” the statement read, according to the Associated Press. “We knew the verdict was wrong when we heard it, and the court of appeal has completely vindicated us.”