Last week jury awarded Quincy Jones $9.42 million in damages in the breach of contract and royalties case Quincy Jones filed against MJ Estate. (His claims against Sony are still pending.). The jury had to answer a very detailed verdict form that consisted of 28 questions. In this post, you will find verdict form questions, jury’s answers and damages awarded. 


Question 1 Did Quincy Jones and MJJ Productions enter into a 1978 producer agreement?
Jury Answer Yes

Question 2 Is MJJ productions nonetheless bound by the 1978 producer agreement?
Jury Answer Yes


January 2014

Estate did their initial answer to Quincy Jones complaint a short while ago. In the answer they deny Quincy Jones claims and list the following affirmative defenses :

- failure to state a cause of action
- lack of subject matter jurisdiction
- federal preemption (US Copyright act 17 U.S.C. 301)
- unclean hands
- estoppel
- laches
- waiver 
- prevention / frustration of performance
- failure to mitigate damages
- failure to submit creditor's claim
- statue of limitations 
- reservation of rights to add mode affirmative defenses

March 2014

Trial date (if it's not dismissed and/or settled) is scheduled for 02/23/2015



Complaint file here :

Quincy Jones Files $10M Lawsuit Over Michael Jackson Music (Exclusive)
4:20 PM PDT 10/25/2013 by Eriq Gardner

The producer of the singer's most famous work alleges "clandestine agreements" intended to deprive him of full royalties owed from posthumous releases.

Quincy Jones has filed a $10 million breach-of-contract lawsuit in connection with Michael Jackson projects released after the singer's death.