Tax problems with the IRS, as well as other legal claims, have plagued the estate of Michael Jackson and the latest problem is a lawsuit filed over an alleged contract that Jackson is said to have entered into with deceased filmmaker Raju Patel.
According to Patel's father, Jackson and Patel were close friends who founded a film company together and who agreed to split any profits equally. Jackson is supposed to have wanted to create a film to thank fans who still believed in him after he faced charges of child molestation.
In 2005, a contract was agreed to for Patel to make this film, but Patel passed away three months later. As his successor, Patel's father allegedly has the contractual rights to make the film. However, the film cannot be made because Jackson's estate is not allowing access to the necessary video footage of Jackson and the rights to use his music.
The Guardian reported this story in "Michael Jackson Estate Sued for Blocking Fan Tribute Film."
While Jackson's estate claims that this lawsuit is meritless, it could be a real problem for the estate. If Jackson did enter into a valid contract with Patel to create the film, then the estate is bound by that contract.
The contract with Patel cannot be disregarded and it will take a while before the outcome is known.
Reference: Guardian (Dec. 4, 2015) "Michael Jackson Estate Sued for Blocking Fan Tribute Film."