Jones had originally asked for $30 million, but a jury decided on Wednesday to award him $9.4 million instead. The amount was for royalties that Jones said he was owed for producing Jackson’s three hit albums, especially since the sales for those albums spiked following the death of the King of Pop.
However, Jackson’s estate is slamming the decision, with attorneys Howard Weitzman and Zia Modabber telling 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,” they added.
“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.”