updated 11/01/2012 AT 10:00 PM ET
•originally published 11/01/2012 AT 8:00 PM ET
A three-year legal battle abruptly came to an apparent end for the Spears family.
Lutfi, 38, a onetime confidante of the singer, sued Britney for unpaid fees, her dad Jamie Spears for allegedly punching him, and mom Lynne Spears for purportedly defaming him in her 2008 book.
“I really thought long and hard about this,” Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bruguera said before dismissing the case. “It’s the right thing to do.”
Jamie’s attorney Leon Gladstone said following the hearing, “We’re delighted, we feel it’s the right result.”
Jamie Spears, who hugged his legal team, declined to comment.
Lutfi appeared emotionless, then said, “I’m going to appeal” after leaving the courtroom.