Michael Jackson's estate owes Quincy Jones $9.4 million in royalties and production fees from "Billie Jean," ''Thriller," and more of the superstar's biggest hits, a jury found Wednesday. The award from a Los Angeles Superior Court jury fell short of the $30 million the legendary producer sought in the lawsuit filed nearly four years ago, but well above the approximately $392,000 the Jackson estate contended Jones was owed. The jury of 10 women and two men had been deliberating since Monday, the AP reports. "This lawsuit was never about Michael, it was about protecting the integrity of the work we all did in the recording studio and the legacy of what we created," Jones wrote in a statement.
"Although this (judgment) is not the full amount that I was seeking, I am very grateful that the jury decided in our favor in this matter," Jones wrote. "I view it not only as a victory for myself personally, but for artists' rights overall." Estate attorney Howard Weitzman says he and his team are surprised and disappointed by the verdict. He says the estate plans an appeal. Jones claimed in the lawsuit that Jackson's estate and Sony Music Entertainment owed him for music he had produced that was used in the concert film This Is It and two Cirque du Soleil shows that used Jackson's songs. The lawsuit said the entities had improperly re-edited the songs to deprive Jones of royalties and production fees.