Summary of the initial complaint and few letter exchanges added as exhibits:
Noval Williams Films / Craig Williams – Plaintiff.
MJ Estate - Defendant.
Third party who shot the footage – never identified but MJ Estate believes it to be Green Flame Media.
Lightning Entertainment - who has a sales agency agreement with Noval Williams Films
- In 2007 MJ took part in two photo shoots. Noval Williams Films claims MJ authorized a third party to videotape both photo shoots and the third party is the copyright owner. Part of the footage has been released publicly or commercially in November 2007.
- In July 2011, a lawyer representing the third party who shot the footage contacted Karen Langford from MJ Estate to sell the footage to MJ Estate. They showed portions of it to MJ Estate. They asked $250,000 to buy it, additional $250,000 for limited commercial usage (less than 10 minutes) and additional $750,000 to have full rights (so a total of $1.25 Million). Estate did not purchase it.
One irate Michael Jackson fan is suing his Estate because she thinks MJ was not the lead singer on 3 of his songs on the 2010 CD '"Michael"... the first release after his death.
The woman filed the suit today in L.A. claiming she bought the disc in 2011, but didn't hear enough Michael on 3 particular tracks.
In the suit she claims she hired an audio expert to analyze her CD and he determined it was very likely that MJ did not sing lead vocals on "Breaking News", "Monster", "Keep Your Head Up."
The woman wants this to be a class action -- meaning if the allegation is true the Estate would owe money to everyone who bought the full album, or any of the 3 tracks in question.
The Estate's lawyer, Howard Weitzman, has previously said Michael did provide lead vocals for all the tracks on the album.
Update: From The Wrap