Singer settles in suit that includes Jelly Belly, ‘Tangerine Honey’

By From page A4 | May 03, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A Las Vegas headliner who is judging the Miss Nevada pageant this weekend has settled his Solano County court lawsuit agreeing to pay $90,000 to a man suing over jelly beans.

Lawyers for singing sensation Frankie Moreno say the settlement, finalized this week, was less costly than what it would cost to show the lawsuit was baseless.

The other defendants in the lawsuit are set for a jury trial in July. The other parties include the Jelly Belly Candy Company and its chairman Herman Rowland.

Moreno’s song “Tangerine Honey” is at the heart of the 2012 lawsuit filed by David V. McCracken, a Richmond man who claims he invested hundreds of hours trying to bring together Jelly Belly and its top brass with Moreno. McCracken says “Tangerine Honey” was great match for a new flavor of jelly bean.

McCracken claims everyone agreed with his concept until he got frozen out of the deal. He originally sought more than $2 million, claiming he is the victim of slander, breach of contract and interference with prospective economic advantage.

Bob Simpson, president and chief operating officer of Jelly Belly, strongly disagrees with McCracken.

“There is no merit to the claims and we intend to vigorously defend against it,” Simpson previously said of the lawsuit.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.

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  • omydarling21May 03, 2014 - 6:58 am

    I don't get what he's sewing for so hopefully he loses

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  • hey dudeMay 03, 2014 - 10:20 pm

    It's like I was listning to the beatles and thought it would be great if Jelly Belly would make a flavor based on Mean Mr. Mustard so I called England and asked they get with Jelly Belly but they hung up on me so I'm suing England and Jelly Belly.

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