Jose F Vallejos, an LA taxpayer, is suing Michael Jackson's estate for $3.3M.
Mr Vallejos claims that this represents the money spent by the city of Los Angeles for costs including police overtime and sanitation, when a memorial was held for Jackson at the Staples Center.
Mr Vallejos claims that Jackson's estate benefited from the use of public resources that amounted to an illegal gift of public funds.
His claim states that the money should be returned to the city treasury.
His claim ignores the fact that local hotels etc did well out of the people who visited from out of town to attend the event; ie the event generated revenue for the city.