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Jacko's Manager Wants Commission
Highest Court District of Columbia Circuit
Year Ended 2010
Plaintiffs Raymone, Bain
Defendants Jackson, Michael
MJJ Productions
Other No Other parties on file
Short Description Raymone Bain is a high profile music manager, agent, publicist, and adviser, who has worked with many big-name celebrities, including Boyz II Men, Sammy Davis, Jr., former D.C. mayor Marion Barry, and, relevant to this suit, Michael Jackson. Bain signed on as Michael's publicist in 2003, but by 2006 had taken an expanded role in his affairs, signing agreements naming Bain his personal manager that guaranteed her 10% finder's fee for projects she initiated. After Bain initiated several such endeavors, such as the 25th anniversary of "Thriller" and Jackson's 2008 Grammy appearance, Jackson cut off all ties to Bain and refused to pay her finder's fee. Jackson died and Plaintiff sued his estate; Defendants pointed to a release Bain signed eight days before Jackson died, which appeared to absolve Defendants of liability. Plaintiff claimed the release was invalid for a number of reasons. First, the court found that Defendants had waived their right to arbitration, according to the contract, by filing an answer in the suit. Second, the court held that the release was clear and unambiguous and barred Plaintiff from pursuing, not just claims for past-due amounts, but any claims arising from the relationship, including unpaid finder's fees. Last, the court found that Plaintiff's arguments contesting the validity of the release--alleging both fraud in the inducement and mistake of fact--were unconvincing. Plaintiff was undoubtedly a very established and savvy businesswomen. Last, because the contract between the parties was valid, Bain's requests for equitable relief failed as well. - LSW

Legal Issues
Alternative Dispute Resolution Arbitration Arbitration Provision
Contracts Breach Payment & Performance
  Enforceability Fraud/Fraudulent Inducement
    Mistake of Fact
General Equitable Actions Unjust Enrichment
  Equitable Defenses Waiver, Estoppel & Acquiescence
  Equitable Remedies Quantum Meruit


Opinions Bain v. Jackson
2010 WL 1855758
D. District of Columbia , May 07, 2010 ( Civil Action No. 09-0826 (JR) )


Bain v. Jackson
2010 WL 1837704
D. District of Columbia , May 07, 2010 ( Civil Action No. 09-0826 (JR) )


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Related Searches Parties
Jackson, Michael ( Defendant )
MJJ Productions ( Defendant )
Raymone, Bain ( Plaintiff )

Legal Issues
Alternative Dispute Resolution / Arbitration / Arbitration Provision
Contracts / Breach / Payment & Performance
Contracts / Enforceability / Fraud/Fraudulent Inducement
Contracts / Enforceability / Mistake of Fact
General / Equitable Actions / Unjust Enrichment
General / Equitable Defenses / Waiver, Estoppel & Acquiescence
General / Equitable Remedies / Quantum Meruit

Courts
District of Columbia Circuit (highest court)
D. District of Columbia


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