Joe Jackson still shut out from Michael’s estate claims

Michael Jackson’s father, Joe Jackson, just won’t stop pursuing claims involving his late son’s estate, even though judges keep telling him to . . . [wait for it] . . . Beat It!   Joe Jackson
Joe Jackson’s efforts to have the administrators of the King of Pop’s estate removed in court have failed.  Here’s our last article discussing his failed attempts.  The probate judge ruled he didn’t have legal “standing” (meaning the right to bring the claim in court) to fight against the executors because he was not a beneficiary.  In other words, because he wouldn’t inherit anything, it wasn’t his right to complain about what the executors were doing.
Joe Jackson Files Lawsuit Video


So, of course, Joe appealed.  The Court of Appeals has recently upheld the ruling of the probate judge and agreed that Joe had no claim.  So, he’s most likely out of luck with that claim.
But, wait, he has more!  Or does he?  Joe had filed a claim seeking $500 million dollars against Dr. Conrad Murray, AEG, and others for wrongfully causing the death of Michael Jackson.  Unlike Katherine Jackson’s claim for wrongful death, Joe Jackson tried to bring his claim in federal court.  He sued under the Americans with Disabilities Act, hoping to be have his case heard in the United States district court rather than California state court.
Like the judges in the other case, the federal judge threw his case out of court.  But, at least Joe’s case isn’t dead yet!  It was dismissed because it was not a federal case, so he can still refile it in another court.  Look for Joe to try to join his case with Katherine’s wrongful death claim.
And once he does, you can bet the defendants’ lawyers will try to have it thrown out, again.  Reportedly, they’re prepared to argue that as a non-beneficiary, Joe doesn’t have the right to sue for Michael’s death.  We’ll see if he can hang on to that claim or not.
If all else fails, don’t be surprised if you see Joe try yet another claim.  Members of Michael Jackson’s family, including two of his children (Paris and Prince), reportedly said that Sony’s new album of unreleased music by Michael Jackson did not really include Michael’s voice.  They claim it’s a fake, contrary to reports that some of the songs were recorded by the King of Pop when he was with his children in New Jersey in 2007.
The estate’s lawyer says the executors had the tracks authenticated by a panel of Michael Jackson voice experts, who determined the songs were the real deal.  But, if it wasn’t really his voice, yet another lawsuit could be coming down the pike.
Think Joe Jackson will try to get a piece of that action too?
While most estates aren’t this wild and crazy, court fights involving the assets of those who pass away are all too common, for people with wealth estates and poor ones alike.  There is a lesson to learn from stories like these — good estate planning can help prevent most probate court fights.
By Andrew W. Mayoras and Danielle B. Mayoras, co-authors of Trial & Heirs: Famous Fortune Fights! (www.TrialandHeirs.com) and husband-and-wife legacy expert attorneys.  As educators across the United States through speaking engagements, print, broadcast, and social media, Danielle and Andrew consistently draw rave reviews and are in high demand.   Email them at contact@trialandheirs.com.  Find us on Facebook!

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6 Responses to Joe Jackson still shut out from Michael’s estate claims

  1. Srhandel says:

    Could the writers of this blog explain how Michael Jackson signed his will on 7/7/02 in Los Angeles when there are news media reports that he was in NYC protesting against Sony (with Rev. Al Sharpton.) There are articles in the NY Times archives which report he was in NYC. Also there are videos of him on youtube. Would the fact that he was not in LA invalidate the will? The whole MJ death reeks of a giant conspiracy to gain control over the Sony/ATV catalog.

  2. Srhandel says:

    Could the writers of this blog explain how Michael Jackson signed his will on 7/7/02 in Los Angeles when there are news media reports that he was in NYC protesting against Sony (with Rev. Al Sharpton.) There are articles in the NY Times archives which report he was in NYC. Also there are videos of him on youtube. Would the fact that he was not in LA invalidate the will? The whole MJ death reeks of a giant conspiracy to gain control over the Sony/ATV catalog.

  3. Srhandel says:

    Article from the NY Times archives:

    July 7, 2002
    Record Industry Is Attacked By a Top Star
    By THOMAS J. LUECK

    Michael Jackson took a feud with his record company to the streets of Manhattan yesterday, charging the recording industry with racism and opportunism at the expense of minority performers.

    Mr. Jackson appeared with the Rev. Al Sharpton at that National Action Network in Harlem, and rode a double decker tour bus past the Sony building on Madison Avenue in a protest against his own recording company, Sony Music, and its chairman, Thomas D. Mottola.

    ”The recording companies really, really do conspire against the artists — they steal, they cheat, they do everything they can,” he told an audience at the National Action Network, headed by the Rev. Sharpton.

    Mr. Jackson told the group that Mr. Mottola was ”mean, he’s racist, and he’s very, very, very devilish.”

    Mr. Jackson’s relations with Sony have frayed since the release of his most recent album, ”Invincible,” which has had disappointing sales. Fans of the singer have criticized Sony Music for failing to do enough to promote the album.

    But some in the music industry say weak sales of ”Invincible” reflect the flagging appeal of Mr. Jackson, 43, who has been one of the most successful pop singers since he was a child.

    In a statement yesterday, Sony Music said it was ”appalled that Mr. Jackson would stoop so low in his constant quest for publicity,” according to The Associated Press.

    The statement called the singer’s charge of racism ”ludicrous, spiteful and hurtful,” and said the criticism of Mr. Mottola was ”particularly bizarre” since Mr. Mottola has championed Mr. Jackson’s career for many years.

    There are also you tube videos of MJ protesting in front of the Sony Building in NYC and giving a speech in Harlem on the dates in question. Your system won’t let me post a link to the videos here.

    You can go on youtube and look up these videos:

    $ony demonstration in NYC July 2002
    Description: Michael Jackson&his fans in NYC to protest against Sony and Tommy Mottola!
    They sabotaged” Invincible” album because he was leaving them with half of their ATV catalogue!

    Michael Jackson Protests Against Tommy Mottola
    Description of video: Fox News footage of a speech Jackson gave in Harlem against Sony & Tommy Mottola.

  4. Srhandel says:

    Article from the NY Times archives:

    July 7, 2002
    Record Industry Is Attacked By a Top Star
    By THOMAS J. LUECK

    Michael Jackson took a feud with his record company to the streets of Manhattan yesterday, charging the recording industry with racism and opportunism at the expense of minority performers.

    Mr. Jackson appeared with the Rev. Al Sharpton at that National Action Network in Harlem, and rode a double decker tour bus past the Sony building on Madison Avenue in a protest against his own recording company, Sony Music, and its chairman, Thomas D. Mottola.

    ”The recording companies really, really do conspire against the artists — they steal, they cheat, they do everything they can,” he told an audience at the National Action Network, headed by the Rev. Sharpton.

    Mr. Jackson told the group that Mr. Mottola was ”mean, he’s racist, and he’s very, very, very devilish.”

    Mr. Jackson’s relations with Sony have frayed since the release of his most recent album, ”Invincible,” which has had disappointing sales. Fans of the singer have criticized Sony Music for failing to do enough to promote the album.

    But some in the music industry say weak sales of ”Invincible” reflect the flagging appeal of Mr. Jackson, 43, who has been one of the most successful pop singers since he was a child.

    In a statement yesterday, Sony Music said it was ”appalled that Mr. Jackson would stoop so low in his constant quest for publicity,” according to The Associated Press.

    The statement called the singer’s charge of racism ”ludicrous, spiteful and hurtful,” and said the criticism of Mr. Mottola was ”particularly bizarre” since Mr. Mottola has championed Mr. Jackson’s career for many years.

    There are also you tube videos of MJ protesting in front of the Sony Building in NYC and giving a speech in Harlem on the dates in question. Your system won’t let me post a link to the videos here.

    You can go on youtube and look up these videos:

    $ony demonstration in NYC July 2002
    Description: Michael Jackson&his fans in NYC to protest against Sony and Tommy Mottola!
    They sabotaged” Invincible” album because he was leaving them with half of their ATV catalogue!

    Michael Jackson Protests Against Tommy Mottola
    Description of video: Fox News footage of a speech Jackson gave in Harlem against Sony & Tommy Mottola.

  5. Srhandel says:

    I wish that some legitimate lawyers such as yourselves could look into the shenanigans going on with the Jackson estate. there are too many unanswered questions. Such as, how is it that Tommy Mottola who allegedly no longer worked for Sony at the time of Jackson’s death could give an interview to Matt Lauer on the Today Show and claim that he is the ‘gatekeeper’ of Jackson’s unreleased songs?

    From a video on youtube:

    TOMMY MOTTOLA ON MICHAEL JACKSON’S UNREALISED SONGS

    Description:

    Tommy Mottola is interviewed on the Today Show in July 2009 (posted on youtube July 7, 2009).

    Michael Jackson Left ‘Dozens’ Of Unreleased Songs, Tommy Mottola Says
    ‘There’s just some genius and brilliance in there,’ former Sony Music CEO says of recordings.

    Like Jimi Hendrix, Elvis and Tupac before him, Michael Jackson left a musical legacy that will likely continue on long after his death. Jackson, who already made history on the Billboard charts this week, left behind what is described as a mountain of unreleased songs, according to his former label boss.

    Former Sony Music CEO Tommy Mottola — with whom Jackson famously feuded — told The Associated Press that the singer’s unreleased material ranges from unused tracks recorded during studio sessions for some of Jackson’s most beloved albums to the songs he recently recorded with Akon and Will.I.Am that were slated for a long-in-the-works comeback album.

    “There are dozens and dozens of songs that did not end up on his albums,” said Mottola, who ran Jackson’s musical distributor, Sony Music, from 1998-2003. “People will be hearing a lot of that unreleased material for the first time ever. There’s just some genius and brilliance in there.”

    Mottola predicted that the releases could trickle out for years to come and eclipse the mountain of repackaged releases that have come out since the death of another musical icon, Elvis.

    Since Jackson’s death last Thursday, there have been numerous reports that he left behind more than 100 tracks, and the public thirst for his music has already resulted in a stampede to stores and the downloading of 2.3 million tracks in the U.S.

    Despite being labeled a “racist” by Jackson in 2002 in a very public spat, Mottola told the AP that he considers himself the “shepherd and gatekeeper” of Jackson’s catalog, claiming to be more familiar with what the pop icon left behind than anyone. He said that for every album Jackson made, including such classics as his solo breakthrough, 1979’s Off the Wall and 1982’s landmark Thriller, the singer recorded several tracks that didn’t make it onto the albums, as is common with most artists.

    It’s unknown who owns the rights to the unreleased recordings, and an unnamed label source told the AP that no new projects or compilations are in the works yet. A spokesperson for Sony could not be reached at press time to comment for this story.

    It’s also unclear if Jackson’s will made provisions for the release of his music, though entertainment lawyer Steve Gordon, who worked at Sony in the 1990s, told the AP that Jackson owned some of his master recordings and others were owned in partnership with Sony. Sony retains exclusive distribution rights for anything Jackson produced while under contract to the company.

    AEG Live, the company that was promoting Jackson’s 50-date “This Is It” concert series at the O2 Arena in London, reportedly has more than 100 hours of footage of Jackson performance that could be used to create the singer’s first-ever live album release. A spokesperson for AEG has not returned requests for comments on what the company plans to do with that footage.

    For complete coverage of the life, career and passing of the legendary entertainer, visit “Michael Jackson Remembered.”

    **************

    Matt Lauer doesn’t ask Mottola how is it that Mottola is the ‘gatekeeper’ of MJ’s music when he doesn’t even work for Sony at the time of the interview. How curious.

  6. Srhandel says:

    I wish that some legitimate lawyers such as yourselves could look into the shenanigans going on with the Jackson estate. there are too many unanswered questions. Such as, how is it that Tommy Mottola who allegedly no longer worked for Sony at the time of Jackson’s death could give an interview to Matt Lauer on the Today Show and claim that he is the ‘gatekeeper’ of Jackson’s unreleased songs?

    From a video on youtube:

    TOMMY MOTTOLA ON MICHAEL JACKSON’S UNREALISED SONGS

    Description:

    Tommy Mottola is interviewed on the Today Show in July 2009 (posted on youtube July 7, 2009).

    Michael Jackson Left ‘Dozens’ Of Unreleased Songs, Tommy Mottola Says
    ‘There’s just some genius and brilliance in there,’ former Sony Music CEO says of recordings.

    Like Jimi Hendrix, Elvis and Tupac before him, Michael Jackson left a musical legacy that will likely continue on long after his death. Jackson, who already made history on the Billboard charts this week, left behind what is described as a mountain of unreleased songs, according to his former label boss.

    Former Sony Music CEO Tommy Mottola — with whom Jackson famously feuded — told The Associated Press that the singer’s unreleased material ranges from unused tracks recorded during studio sessions for some of Jackson’s most beloved albums to the songs he recently recorded with Akon and Will.I.Am that were slated for a long-in-the-works comeback album.

    “There are dozens and dozens of songs that did not end up on his albums,” said Mottola, who ran Jackson’s musical distributor, Sony Music, from 1998-2003. “People will be hearing a lot of that unreleased material for the first time ever. There’s just some genius and brilliance in there.”

    Mottola predicted that the releases could trickle out for years to come and eclipse the mountain of repackaged releases that have come out since the death of another musical icon, Elvis.

    Since Jackson’s death last Thursday, there have been numerous reports that he left behind more than 100 tracks, and the public thirst for his music has already resulted in a stampede to stores and the downloading of 2.3 million tracks in the U.S.

    Despite being labeled a “racist” by Jackson in 2002 in a very public spat, Mottola told the AP that he considers himself the “shepherd and gatekeeper” of Jackson’s catalog, claiming to be more familiar with what the pop icon left behind than anyone. He said that for every album Jackson made, including such classics as his solo breakthrough, 1979’s Off the Wall and 1982’s landmark Thriller, the singer recorded several tracks that didn’t make it onto the albums, as is common with most artists.

    It’s unknown who owns the rights to the unreleased recordings, and an unnamed label source told the AP that no new projects or compilations are in the works yet. A spokesperson for Sony could not be reached at press time to comment for this story.

    It’s also unclear if Jackson’s will made provisions for the release of his music, though entertainment lawyer Steve Gordon, who worked at Sony in the 1990s, told the AP that Jackson owned some of his master recordings and others were owned in partnership with Sony. Sony retains exclusive distribution rights for anything Jackson produced while under contract to the company.

    AEG Live, the company that was promoting Jackson’s 50-date “This Is It” concert series at the O2 Arena in London, reportedly has more than 100 hours of footage of Jackson performance that could be used to create the singer’s first-ever live album release. A spokesperson for AEG has not returned requests for comments on what the company plans to do with that footage.

    For complete coverage of the life, career and passing of the legendary entertainer, visit “Michael Jackson Remembered.”

    **************

    Matt Lauer doesn’t ask Mottola how is it that Mottola is the ‘gatekeeper’ of MJ’s music when he doesn’t even work for Sony at the time of the interview. How curious.

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