In the suit, Jackson contends he should be paid for any songs he recorded alone or with his brothers that were re-released after the 1980 agreement.
Jackson, who is seeking payment and cancellation of the 1980 agreement, also claimed Universal used the name Jackson 5 and the group’s master recordings to sell products, like the song, “I’ll Be There”, for an AT&T commercial.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Emilie Elias on Friday found that Universal had not breached any fiduciary duty, since Jackson gave up the rights to the pre-1980 tunes.
“She has dismissed the claim of a breach of fiduciary duty and we’re considering whether to appeal that decision at the appropriate time,” said Jackson’s lawyer, Michael Holtz, a partner at entertainment law firm Lavely & Singer.
Elias also ruled that Motown’s use of the songs to promote product may not constitute theft, but did not consider whether Motown had breached the contract.