A judge has thrown out part of Michael Jackson's lawsuit against Universal Music, saying the star cannot claim royalties for records sold before 1994.
Jackson is involved in a number of legal actions
Mr Jackson had accused Universal of breaking a 1980 agreement to pay him royalties from his days in the Jackson 5 and as a solo artist between 1969-76.
He fell out with Motown, now owned by Universal, in 1976, and signed to Sony.
But the Los Angeles Superior Court judge did allow claims for breach of contract and accounting to stand.
The lawsuit is part of a long-running feud between Mr Jackson and the record company.
He alleges the label violated the 1980 deal to pay him royalties from his time at Motown.
Michael (centre) was the star of the Jackson 5
In the agreement, Mr Jackson forfeited royalties for tracks released before 1980, but not for unreleased material and songs used on best-of compilations.
The superstar said he had not been paid "a single dollar in royalties". He now wants the whole agreement made void and is seeking unspecified damages.
The Universal case is just one of a number of legal worries Mr Jackson is caught up in at the moment.
He is facing charges of child molestation, which are expected to go to trial later in the year.
He has pleaded innocent to seven counts of performing lewd or lascivious acts on a child under 14 and two counts of administering an intoxicating agent.
Mr Jackson is also suing a man for more than $10m (£5.4m), claiming he is illegally selling the star's private property.
He is accusing Henry Vaccaro of obtaining letters, pictures and lyrics belonging to him through a bankruptcy sale involving the singer's parents in 2002.
Mr Jackson's lawyers are arguing the items were not included in the bankruptcy and should not have been sold.
Meanwhile, music channel VH-1 has commissioned an unauthorised movie about Michael Jackson, with casting under way to find an actor to take the lead role.
Tentatively titled Family Values, it will cover his life from his Thriller days to his current situation.