Posted: Aug 19, 2010 8:58 PM by Alison Haynes
NEW YORK (AP) - A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a
multimillion-dollar lawsuit by a concert promoter against the late
Michael Jackson over a failed reunion concert.
U.S. District Judge Harold Baer Jr. granted a motion by lawyers
for Jackson's estate to dismiss the case, citing a lack of evidence
that the late King of Pop or his family were under a binding
agreement to perform at a reunion concert.
AllGood Entertainment Inc., a company started in Morristown,
N.J., sued Jackson for $40 million on June 10, 2009, roughly two
weeks before the singer's death in Los Angeles at age 50. It
claimed Jackson and his then-manager broke a contract for a Jackson
AllGood later filed a creditor's claim with Jackson's estate,
claiming the potential value of the lawsuit was at udast $300
Baer determined that there was a letter of intent between
Jackson's then-manager, Frank DiLeo, and AllGood, but never an
enforceable contract. He noted that neither Jackson nor any other
members of the family who were to be involved in the show ever
signed a contract.
Attorneys for Jackson's estate and DiLeo contended that if there
was a breach in the contract, AllGood broke the agreement first
because it did not issue a payment to Jackson before a required
deadline. Baer wrote that there was no evidence that AllGood
suffered substantial economic damage because of the failed concert.
"This case never had any merit and the claim was frivolous from
day one," Jackson estate attorney Howard Weitzman said in a
statement. "Michael Jackson never agreed to participate in a
concert promoted by AllGood as the judge clearly found in his
An after-hours phone message left for AllGood's attorneor Ira
Meyerowitz, was not immediately returned.