Michael Jackson's Estate Hit With New Lawsuit

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - NOVEMBER 10:  Michael Jackson performs on stage during is "HIStory" world tour concert at Ericsson Stadium November 10, 1996 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Michael Jackson's Estate Hit With New Lawsuit

The firm that filed the lawsuit is claiming it’s owed quite the sum.

Published March 23, 2016

While this is not the first lawsuit to arise since pop icon Michael Jackson passed away in 2009, the latest comes from a law firm based in London claiming it is owed $200,000 in unpaid legal fees from the last two year’s of the singer’s life.

As reported by The Hollywood ReporterAtkins Thomson Solicitors is suing entertainment attorney John Branca and music executive John McClain, who are the executors of Jackson's estate, for violating a contract.

“Defendants have failed to honor Jackson’s obligations under, and has materially breached, the agreement with Atkins, and any implied covenants therein, by failing to make the payments as required,” Atkins’ attorney Stanton L. Stein wrote in the official complaint.

Atkins is claiming that it provided legal services to Jackson from 2007 to 2009 that they were not compensated for.

An invoice was submitted and left unpaid, with the defendants dismissing the invoice in writing in December 2015. Unfortunately, such loose ends don’t disappear until they are tied up, and this led to the suit filing this week. 

“The Estate doesn't believe the attorney’s claim for work allegedly done for Michael Jackson is valid and we intend to contest this lawsuit,” Howard Weitzman, the attorney representing the estate, said in a statement.

More to follow as this story develops.

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(Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Written by KC Orcutt


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