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 Reporter, Atkins 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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