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Michael Jackson Blamed for Botching Lawsuit

2/25/2011 1:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Katherine Jackson's business partner wants the MJ Estate off his back in a legal war over MJ merchandise ... claiming Michael himself picked the same fight when he was alive ... until he realized he couldn't win.

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Long story short -- the Estate wants Howard Mann to stop using MJ's name and image to hock  various websites, books, and other products. Problem is, according to Mann, this is the exact same lawsuit that Michael pursued back in 2004 ... only to "abandon" the legal fight in 2006.

Mann claims ... because Michael bailed on the case, and a judgment was issued against the singer, he lost the legal right to stop Mann's company from using his image to sell merchandise.

Mann claims the the Estate shouldn't get a second bite of the apple ... by being allowed to sue for the same claims in 2011.

Now, the case is in the hands of a federal judge -- who will decide to either green light the case ... or shut it down.

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Echo    

Katherine Jackson in greedy business with Micheal's arch rival....? Micheal is rolling over in his grave. Nice way to be grateful for a son that made you live like a queen in your lifetime. And YOU Katherine have the balls to call the estate lawyers greedy? You've made the world ashamed of you!

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wescott226    

These Estate lawyers are s***... The rob, steal and sue everyone!

I hope Howard Mann can put a stop to this! These layers John Barance and that Weitzman guy deserve to go to prison!

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Danielle    

These Estate lawyers are s***... The rob, steal and sue everyone!

I hope Howard Mann can put a stop to this! These layers John Barance and that Weitzman guy deserve to go to prison!

Posted at 1:29 PM on Feb 25, 2011 by wescott226
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Explain your reasoning because I don't see they have done anything illegal and this Mann person and Katherine Jackson are stealing money from Michael's children.

1284 days ago
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CloBird    

The court needs to put an end to Howard Mann's dealings.And, someone needs to educate Katherine Jackson on the doings of a legitimate estate partnership;she is clearly over her head in this situation.She could do harm to her late son's estate by her poorly-though out,poorly-planned financial dealings.

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wescott226    

The Estate lawyers got paid to set up the this is it movie, they were also EP's, they got 10% each of Sony, Bravodo, Cirq and all other deals. I read they only pay Mrs Jackson $7,000 a month!

There will bo NO MONEY left for these kids... I can't understand why people choose to beleive a lawyer over MJ's own mother... These lawyers are stealing the money from the kids!

The ones making all the CASH from the MJ Estate are the lawyers... It is what the Lawyers did in my moms Estate and it makes me sick!

1284 days ago
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Craig Valentino    

The Estate lawyers are full of it. I've been watching this case and Mann bought this Company Vintage Pop Media from Henry Vaccarro who won the memorabilia in a litigation in bankruptcy court and along with the memorabilia comes the rights to utilize this property and everything that goes with it. After buying this property from Vaccarro Mann partnered with Mrs. Jackson to give back what was hers in the partnership. What the TRUTH is The MJ Estate executors are doing is trying have control over Mrs. Jackson by suing Howard Mann to get at Mrs. Jackson. The Estate have been secretly selling of Michael's assets and pocketing Millions of dollars and cash they have been sending to off shore accounts. They have been doing deals and filing lawsuits against everyone they can so they can charge the Attorneys fees which are in the multi millions. John Branca himself has been giving money to his own charity and pocketing that money too. The Estate are sharks and corrupt and these same guys have been doing it to the Kurt Cobain Estate and have taken millions from his family and they have done the same to the Elvis estate and the James Brown estate. These guys are getting away with and it's a shame for the family members that John Branca and Howard Weitzman and their group of Leeching lawyers and partners can destroy and steal like this. Good thing the States attorney is about to file for an investigation into these corrupt Executors and bring them down little did they know they were under investigation all this time and now their time has come to face the music for the illegal criminal acts that they have done!!!!! The only reason TMZ has been favorable to the estate is because Harvey and Howard Weitzman were romantically involved at one point and Harvey has been helping them to push these strategic media articles. Bottom line is that it wont make a difference because this is the court of public opinion and a federal investigation doesnt care about that it only the facts!

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MJ Fans    

TMZ please post the do***ents

1284 days ago
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grendel    

The Estate lawyers are full of it. I've been watching this case and Mann bought this Company Vintage Pop Media from Henry Vaccarro who won the memorabilia in a litigation in bankruptcy court and along with the memorabilia comes the rights to utilize this property and everything that goes with it. After buying this property from Vaccarro Mann partnered with Mrs. Jackson to give back what was hers in the partnership. What the TRUTH is The MJ Estate executors are doing is trying have control over Mrs. Jackson by suing Howard Mann to get at Mrs. Jackson. The Estate have been secretly selling of Michael's assets and pocketing Millions of dollars and cash they have been sending to off shore accounts. They have been doing deals and filing lawsuits against everyone they can so they can charge the Attorneys fees which are in the multi millions. John Branca himself has been giving money to his own charity and pocketing that money too. The Estate are sharks and corrupt and these same guys have been doing it to the Kurt Cobain Estate and have taken millions from his family and they have done the same to the Elvis estate and the James Brown estate. These guys are getting away with and it's a shame for the family members that John Branca and Howard Weitzman and their group of Leeching lawyers and partners can destroy and steal like this. Good thing the States attorney is about to file for an investigation into these corrupt Executors and bring them down little did they know they were under investigation all this time and now their time has come to face the music for the illegal criminal acts that they have done!!!!! The only reason TMZ has been favorable to the estate is because Harvey and Howard Weitzman were romantically involved at one point and Harvey has been helping them to push these strategic media articles. Bottom line is that it wont make a difference because this is the court of public opinion and a federal investigation doesnt care about that it only the facts!
Posted at 2:05 PM on Feb 25, 2011 by Craig Valentino

Jermaine? Is that you?

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natasha    

i think mann is sketchy but i also don't like the executors of michael's estate, i support his mother and the jackson family, blass them.

1284 days ago
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wescott226    


LOL that is TOO FUNNY...

Howard Weitzman and Harvey Levin were a romantically involved?

Thats funny they are both lawyers and s***bags... They can just screw each other all day and all night!

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natasha    

oops i menat Bless the Jacksons :)

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Cynthia J    

All these "people" are sucking off of Micheal. He's dead and even in death there is so peace for him. He supported the entire family. All their scams. They never work. Yet they breed like rabbits. Well, the Golden Goose is dead. I hope those children have their own lawyer to protect their rights, Most of the "Jackson Brothers" are shamful leaches. It's discusting. I mean, two brothers (Jermaine and Randy) sharing a wife and children. Neither men pay child support. They make me sick. They are thugs and ghetto trash.
lazy people are trash

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Elizabeth    

I dont get some of the people here, Michael Jackson was the most wonderful man in the world & got taken advantage by so so many people. He had a good heart. His mother is getting taken advantage of too. She wants her piece but she also was the most important to Michael. SHe got 1/3 of Michaels estate. SHe gets 30000 month. Howard Mann is the greedy one here. He just wants to use Mrs Jackson

1284 days ago
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Elizabeth    

Michael tried to stop this man while he was alive & now this greedy jerk is at it again after Michael is gone, Michael himself wanted him not to make money off him. THis guy is the reason why I dont think much of people. He is the greediest ever & trying to get money off Michael when Michael himself didnt want him to. Michael worked with his lawyers & liked them. Also the lawyers have paid most of MIchael debts if not all by now. What has Howard done for MIchael. Nothing except to make money off him which he shouldnt be

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