Sony Music and Michael Jackson’s estate have reached a settlement to end a long-running lawsuit over claims that the label released posthumous songs that were allegedly sung by a “Jackson impersonator.”
Billboard reports both parties on Wednesday agreed to formally end the lawsuit with a settlement.
“Regardless of how the Supreme Court may rule, the parties to the lawsuit mutually decided to end the litigation, which would have potentially included additional appeals and a lengthy trial court process,” Sony and Jackson’s estate said in a joint statement to Billboard.
The news arrives eight years after a fan filed a lawsuit against Jackson’s estate and Sony Music for allegedly using fake vocals on three tracks off the singer’s 2010 posthumous album Michael. A judge ruled in 2018 that both sides did not know for sure whether Jackson sang on the songs in question, however they were not liable for the charges filed by the fan.