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The jury handed down its thriller of a decision Wednesday in Quincy’s legal battle for unpaid royalties on Michael Jackson’s three mega hit albums. Quincy argued accountants for the defendants screwed him out of dough he was owed for producing those records.
He was asking for around $30 million, so he didn’t get exactly what he wanted — but still not a bad payday.
You can say this about Q — he really didn’t stop until he got enough.
MJ’s estate says the judgement is “too much” and “unfair to Michael Jackson’s heirs.”
Attorneys Howard Weitzman and Zia Modabber tell TMZ, “While the jury denied Quincy Jones $21 million –- or more than two-thirds of what he demanded — we still believe that giving him millions of dollars that he has no right to receive under his contracts is wrong.”
“This would reinterpret the legal language in, and effectively rewrite, contracts that Mr. Jones lived under for more than three decades, admitted he never read, referred to as ‘contract, montract,’ and told the jurors he didn’t ‘give a damn’ about.”
“Any amount above and beyond what is called for in his contracts is too much and unfair to Michael’s heirs. Although Mr. Jones is portraying this as a victory for artists’ rights, the real artist is Michael Jackson and it is his money Mr. Jones is seeking.”
If we’re being honest, Quincy Jones is part of the reason Michael Jackson’s heirs have so much money — so let him have this little (relative) $10 million and be done with it.