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.
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