Quincy Jones has filed a lawsuit against Michael Jackson Productions (MJJ Productions) and Sony Music Entertainment for millions in unpaid royalties and production fees. According to the Associated Press, the fees are for posthumous Michael Jackson projects including This Is It and Cirque du Soleil shows.
The suit claims that MJJ Productions, which is now overseen by Jackson's estate, and Sony improperly re-edited songs to deprive Jones of royalties and production fees. It also states that, as per his contracts, Jones should have received the first opportunity to re-edit or alter the songs.
Jones served as producer for Off the Wall, Thriller and Bad. A total of 16 songs from those albums were featured in Cirque du Soleil's "One" and "Immortal" shows. In November 2011, Immortal was released by MJJ Productions featuring "Bad," "Thriller," "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough," and "Smooth Criminal" reworked by producer Kevin Antunes.
Jones is seeking at least $10 million from the lawsuit. He also wants an accounting of the estate's profits to determine how much he is owed.