Michael Jackson Estate and Sony Music Settle ‘Jackson Imitator’ Costume

A lengthy lawsuit against Michael Jackson’s estate and Sony Music claiming a posthumous album featuring “a Jackson impersonator” was false advertising has been settled.

A year after the legendary King of Pop’s death, a posthumous compilation album was released by the Michael Jackson estate. This album is called Michael and is the subject of the aforementioned lawsuit. The plaintiff in this case, Vera Serova, claimed that three leads on Michael did not actually feature Jackson’s voice. These three songs – “Monster”, “Keep Your Head Up” and “Breaking News” – were later removed from streaming platforms.

Now the case is settled in its entirety.

The settlement was reached while both sides in the case awaited a decision from the California Supreme Court.

“Independent of the Supreme Court’s decision, the parties to the lawsuit mutually agreed to end litigation, which would have potentially included additional appeals and a lengthy legal process,” Sony said in a statement. The music company then added that “the easiest and best way to move beyond the conversation associated with these tracks once and for all.”

The plaintiff confirmed that the lawsuit had been “amicably resolved”.

In another high-profile statement last year, former California Attorney General Xavier Becerra offered his support for Serova.

“The First Amendment should not privilege a seller’s false statements simply because the seller does not directly know whether or not their claims are false,” Becerra said at the time. “Under California consumer protection laws, buyers have the right to be accurately informed of the content and authenticity of the products they purchase, whether or not they relate to entertainment media, and whether or not they are in any way connected with a public figure or public interest controversy.”

The three songs remain excluded from Michael on streaming platforms, but they can be found through fan accounts on YouTube.

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