Legal battles, family feuds and a long fight with IRS are far from over for the estate of Michael Jackson.

A small but important victory has been won by Michael Jackson’s estate over the claims of four of his former business associates, according to TMZ in “Michael Jackson Victory for Estate … Judge Tells Ex-Biz Partners to Beat It.”

This particular claim against the estate was brought by four former business associates of Jackson’s when they sued in 2014. They claimed that in 2006 three of them met with the singer in a Tokyo hotel room. They said that he gave them all shares in his business to reward them for their loyalty.

This particular case appears to have been an easy one for the judge to decide.

The business associates had never reduced the alleged agreement with Jackson to writing and they never made an attempt to claim any shares in his business while he was alive. The lack of a written agreement, made it easy for the judge to dismiss their claims and to decide that the case was frivolous. The judge also ruled that they filed the case too late.

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