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Michael Jackson's Family Lose Case Against AEG


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Micheal Jackson's family have lost their lawsuit against AEG Live.

The late 'Thriller' hitmaker's mother, Katherine Jackson, sued the entertainment company for a £181m payout, accusing them of negligence for hiring doctor Conrad Murray who is serving time for the ''involuntary manslaughter'' of the pop legend.

A jury compromising of six men and six women have ruled AEG were not negligent for hiring the doctor on Wednesday night (02.10.13) bringing a five-month-long trial which was held at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse, Los Angeles, to a close.

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Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Trial Settled In Favor Of AEG


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Finally, after months of witness hearings, Katherine Jackson’s lawsuit against Michael Jackson’s concert promoter AEG Live LLC is over, with the jury ruling in favor of the company. The trial lasted five months in total and the judges deliberated for three days before delivering their verdict. Katherine Jackson, Michael’s mother, accused the company, which produced the singer’s would-be comeback tour, of being negligent with the late singer’s health.

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Katherine Jackson lost the legal battle against AEG.

Jackson’s case hinged upon AEG’s hiring of Dr. Conrad Murray, who was found guilty of sentenced to four years in prison in 2011 for administering a lethal dose of the drug Propofol, which ended up killing the singer. The physician is now scheduled to be released this October.

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Jury Set To Give Verdict In The Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Trial


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Both sides of the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial have delivered their closing statements and the jury have been sent away to decide their final verdict on the billion-dollar lawsuit. Concert promoters AEG Live are being sued by the Jackson family, led by Katherine Jackson, for causing the death of the King of Pop, a claim that the promoters vehemently deny as being their fault.

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Jackson was due to perform 50 dates for his 'This Is It' residency in London

Marvin Putnam, the lead attorney for AEG, closed the company's case by stating that Michael's death was caused by his own insatiable addiction to painkillers, adding that the company can be in no way responsible for him overdosing behind closed doors at the hands of his own, personally appointed doctor. Repeating his statement for emphasis, Putnam argued that the plaintiff's are holding AEG accountable for a private matter that occurred without their jurisdiction or knowledge, an incident that can only be accounted to the people present at the time.

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The Defence Rest Their Case In The Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Trial


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Michael Jackson's death is still making headlines across the globe, and last night it had reason to be in the news all over again as the wrongful death trial against concert promoters AEG Live LLC drew closer to it's end as the defence rested their case. With the trial in it's 21st week, the concert promoters brought their defence to a close with a statement from a longtime friend and doctor of Michael, with the jurors now expected to begin their deliberations next week.

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Jackson died shortly before he was due to begin his 'This Is It' residency in London

AEG are being sued for negligence leading to the death of Michael Jackson, with Michael's mother, Katherine Jackson filing the case against the company, claiming they were responsible for hiring Dr Conrad Murray and forcing her son into performing his way into an early grave. AEG have continually denied hiring Murray, stating that he was hired through Jackson, and have used a long-line of former physicians to the star to determine that Michael's death was due to his long-held struggle with pain killer addicitons and not through their negligence as his employers.

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Michael Jackson's Mother Takes Major Misstep During Cross Examination In AEG Case


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The mother of Michael Jackson, Katherine Jackson, placed her family's ongoing court case against concert promoter AEG Live in jeopardy when she took to the witness stand for a second time on Monday (22 July). The 83-year-old did not appear as the heart-wrenched mother who was still revelling from losing her child as she did when she first gave evidence on Friday (19 July) - putting her character testimony into great peril for when the jury make their verdict - and made a number of misinformed statements during her examination by the defendant's lawyer, reports CNN.

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Kathereine, pictured with Michael's eldest son Prince, seemed to contradict herself in court

Katherine appeared to be argumentative, forgetful and too overcome with emotion to competently recall some of the more incriminating parts of her son's past live. As well as this, Jackson made numerous indications that she flat-out refused to believe some of the facts presented in front of her in terms of her son's addiction to prescription drugs - both in his lifetime and even now, following the inquest into his death that revealed the extent of his prescription drug addiction.

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"I Saw A Michael That Frightened Me": Director Kenny Ortega Breaks Down During Michael Jackson Death Trial


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On the third day of evidence in the Jackson family's current case against AEG Live (the 'This Is It' concert promoters), Kenny Ortega stepped up to testify that Jackson seemed unhealthy and improperly cared for in his final days. AEG are being sued by Jackson's mother, Katherine, for up to $40 billion (£26.5bn) after she accused the company of not properly investigating Dr. Conrad Murray - who in 2009 was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter after administering Jackson with a lethal overdose of the anaesthetic Propofol - as well as missing warning signs of his failing health in the run-up to his 50-date comeback residency at London's O2 Arena, according to BBC News.

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'This Is It' Director Kenny Ortega Broke Down In Tears As He Testified In Jackson Death Trial.

A tearful Ortega told of how on several occasions, "a Michael that frightened [him]" appeared to be under the influence of a substance during rehearsals with strange behaviour that would culminate in a visit to the doctor. The director spoke of one occasion in particular, six days before Jackson's death, when he saw that the performer was "cold, shivering and seemed lost," prompting the director/choreographer to email the CEO of AEG Live and inform them of Jackson's condition, advising them to source proper care for the "lost boy." The next day, Ortega and CEO Randy Phillips had a meeting with Dr. Murray who assured them that Jackson was capable of rehearsing.

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Prince Jackson Witnessed His Father's Death: AEG Court Case Continues


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Michael Jackson's eldest son, Prince, appeared in court today (June 27, 2013). Katherine Jackson, Michael's mother and the legal guardian of his children, is suing concert promoter AEG for hiring Dr Conrad Murray as Michael's private physician. Prince and Michael Jackson's two other Paris and Blanket are also named as plaintiffs. 

Katherine claims the company are at fault for hiring Murray and their negligence led to her son's death. Dr Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011. He had prescribed Jackson an overdose of propofol which resulted in his death. Propofol is a strong and fast-acting drug used to relax patients or put them to sleep (usually before surgery). 

Prince Jackson took the stand today to tell the court about the last hours of his father's life. He related the traumatic events he witnessed including hearing his sister screaming whilst she watched Murray attempt to resuscitate their father.  

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Introducing Paris Jackson's Potential Legal Guardian, Her Mother!


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Michael Jackson's family are said to be outraged after it was reported Debbie Rowe could become Paris Jackson's legal guardian. Sources connected to the family tell TMZ.com that Debbie has made a move to become Paris' guardian after last week's shocking suicide attempt. Paris is said to be having a troublesome time with her grandmother Katherine Jackson, which has paved the way for Debbie to move on in.

Insiders say that the majority of the Jackson family believe Debbie's motivation is to put herself in the public eye - as evidence by her statement following the suicide attempt. "If her intentions were pure she'd be speaking to the family," said one source. Apparently the Jacksons will fight Debbie "tooth and nail" if she attempts to secure guardianship though we can't help but think Paris' mother is getting a rough deal. She clearly isn't motivated by money having been out of the limelight for years, and her statement last week was merely confirming that Paris had attempted suicide.

And anyway. It's not up to Katherine Jackson to decide. The judge in the guardianship case is currently reviewing Paris' grandmother's suitability to properly case for Michael Jackson's three children. 

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Paris Jackson Attempted Suicide After Being Forbidden From Marilyn Manson Gig?


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Paris Jackson's shock suicide attempt yesterday (5th June) left her in hospital last night.

She reportedly sliced her arm with a cleaver knife and took an overdose of painkillers after a relative forbade her from attending Marilyn Manson's rock concert in Los Angeles.

The 15 year-old daughter of Michael Jackson also rang a suicide hotline after she left a note to her family and was later found unconscious.

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Jackson Death Trial: AEG Knew Nothing About A Decade Of Drug Use


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AEG Live - the concert promotions company - is being sued by Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine, and his three children over claims that AEG Live was liable in Jackson's death because of their decision to employ Dr. Conrad Murray, according to the case statement

"[Jackson's family] allege that the defendants are liable for the death of Michael Jackson because they negligently hired, retained or supervised Dr. Conrad Murray, a doctor who administered a fatal dose of the anesthetic drug propofol to Michael Jackson on June 25,2009."

Physician Murray, who was being paid $150,000 a month, made the decision to treat Jackson, 50 when he died, with surgical anesthetic propofol; a powerful pre-surgery sedative which helped Jackson sleep but ultimately lead to his death. The family are said to be seeking "economic and non-economic damages" from AEG Live to settle the dispute. However, AEG's co-executive, Paul Gongaware - top producer of Jackson's 50 planned comebacks concerts in residency in London - now claims he knew nothing of Jackson's drug use.

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Katherine Jackson Vs AEG: Date Set For Michael Jackson Death Trial


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After a painstaking jury selection, the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial will get underway on Monday (April 29, 2013), Reuters reports today (April 24). The $40 billion civil case will pit Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson and other members of the Jackson family against the concert promoters AEG. Katherine, 82, is suing the promoters of Michael Jackson’s never-realized 2009 concert dates, claiming that they were partly responsible for her son’s death.

Six men and six women were finally selected to take part in the trial, in what will most likely be a very protracted and emotional trial. It is thought that the hearing will take around three months to come to completion and the opening statements will take place at Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday. Of an original selection of 100 potential jurors, many were unable to commit to a 3-month trial as they argued that taking part in such a length legal process would be a hardship to them. Other jurors were rejected as they were deemed to have a bias against Jackson, had business ties to AEG, or the Jackson family. Potential witnesses for the case include Michael’s daughter Paris Jackson, 15, his son Prince, 16 and the singer Diana Ross.

Katherine Jackson is claiming that AEG should take responsibility for the hiring of Dr Conrad Murray, who has already been jailed for causing the singer’s death through negligence. Jackson accuses that the promoters failed to check Murray’s credentials, the BBC reports. 

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Six Men, Six Women Form Jury For Michael Jackson's $40 Billion Lawsuit


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Six men and six women will decide whether concert promoters AEG Live were to blame for the death of Michael Jackson in a $40 billion civil lawsuit that could last three months. The twelve jurors have been chosen after a month-long search, while three alternative jurors still have to be chosen. Opening statements should begin later this week, or early next week, reports Reuters.

Jackson's 82-year-old mother Katherine is suing AEG Live, the promoters of the singer's ill-fated series of concerts in London, for the wrongful death of her son. She alleges that the company was negligent in hiring Dr Conrad Murray to care for the singer while he rehearsed for the 50 shows. Of course, Dr Murray is currently serving time for the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson. 

The concert promoters argue that they could not have foreseen that Murray posed a danger to the singer, who died from a lethal dose of the surgical anaesthetic Propofol that Murray was administering to help with sleep problems. Potential witnesses in the trial include Jackson's mother, his two oldest children Prince and Paris, Dr Conrad Murray, singers Prince and Diana Ross and Jackson's ex-wives Lisa-Marie Presley and Debbie Rowe.

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Michael Jackson Was Resigned To Being Assassinated On-Stage


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Michael Jackson was almost resigned to the fact he would be assassinated on-stage, going so-far as saying goodbye to everyone in his office. Speaking out ahead of Michael's family's $26 billion lawsuit against tour promoter AEG Live, the singer's close pal Jason Pfeiffer said, "The last time I saw him he was saying his goodbyes to everyone in the office.It was like he knew he was never coming back, and he would often say he thought he was going to be shot on stage."

Michael's children Prince, 16, Paris, 15 and Blanket, 11, and his mother Katherine 82, accuse AEG Live of being neglectful in hiring Dr Conrad Murray as his doctor in the lead-up to his planned London gigs. Now, Jason, 39, says Jackson only chose to play in the UK as he thought there was less chance of being gunned down than at home in the US. "He said the comeback was in England due to the gun laws there.That's why he ditched a US comeback as people had access to guns here and would shoot him. He thought America was too dangerous.But he still had some fears that he would be shot on stage."

Jackson died less than three weeks before the This Is It shows at London's O2 Arena. Lawyers for AEG Live are planning to use Michael's drug past in their defence, saying, the Grammy winner had a long history of abusing medication before he met Dr Conrad Murray, who was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in relation to Jackson's death.

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Michael Jackson's Family Begin War Worth $40 Billion With AEG: Can They Win?


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Michael Jackson's family are to begin their courtroom battle with concert promoter AEG over the pop star's sudden death in 2009. The late singer's children Prince, 16, Paris, 14, Blanket, 10 and mother Katherine, 82, are seeking $40 BILLION in damages in a wrongful death lawsuit claiming AEG was guilty of negligence which contributed to Jackson's passing. Jurors were due to be sworn in today in Los Angeles. (April 2, 2013).

The Jacksons are specifically seeking around $10 billion for lost future earnings and $30 billion in damages, claiming AEG filed to carry out the proper checks when hiring or supervising Dr Conrad Murray, who was convicted of the involuntary manslaughter of Jackson in a high profile trial. 

Before his death, Jackson was due to begin his massive This Is It tour, a sold-out series of 50 concerts at the O2 Arena, which AEG promoted. Lawyers for the company will argue that Jackson was responsible for his own death because of his addiction to prescription drugs and his penchant for "doctor shopping," according to the Evening Standard. They will seek to prove Murray was hired by Jackson, and Jackson alone.

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Mother Katherine Wants $40 Billion From AEG Over Michael Jackson's Death


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Katherine Jackson is demanding $40 BILLION in damages for the wrongful death trial of her son Michael Jackson. The mother of the King of Pop is suing concert promoters AEG Live claiming the executives behind her son's doomed comeback shows in London were negligent ignoring life-threatening health concerns.

Last month, a judge ruled that the case would go to trial, with newly obtained legal papers suggesting Katherine wants the entertainment bosses to pay over $40 billion in damages. According to TMZ.com, the documents state that Jackson's three children should have $6 billion for all the future earnings their father would have generated, and an additional $31 million for various other damages. Though the figures appear ridiculous on the surface, Jackson was still the biggest pop-star on the planet at the time of his death and his sold out This Is It tour would have generated millions. With future albums and tours, it's not beyond the realms of possibility that Jackson would have generated billions. 

AEG Live officials say the damage claim is "preposterous," as the Thriller hitmaker's career had been badly damaged by child molestation allegations. Ticket sales say otherwise. 

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Could Lady Gaga Rescue Neverland For Michael Jackson's Family?


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Pop music just isn’t enough for Lady GaGa. The threat of acting in a Quentin Tarantino movie just isn’t enough for Lady Gaga. Launching perfumes just isn’t enough for Lady Gaga. Now, it seems, Stefani Germanotta (aka Lady Gaga, aka Mother Monster) is shaping herself up to become Michael Jackson’s official archivist and historical restoration expert.

Not only did Gaga recently spend about a gazillion dollars on Michael Jackson-related memorabilia at an auction recently, but The Sun have now reported that she is in talks to purchase his legendary Neverland Ranch amusement park. Neverland is currently owned by Sycamore Valley Ranch – they purchased it when Jacko was undergoing serious financial problems. Michael’s kids Prince Michael, Blanket and Paris still own shares in Neverland though, as does his mother, Katherine. According to a source, The Sun reports that Lady Gaga has become good friends with Michael’s sister LaToya and would apparently like nothing more than to restore Neverland to its former glory.

“Lady Gaga is obsessed with Michael,” said the source, which would certainly explain her recent extravagant expenditure. If Gaga did invest in the property, it could potentially help Michael’s kids out with their investment for the future, as the source explains: “His kids are all desperate to hold on to their childhood home so they can decide what they want to do with it properly when they've grown up. Gaga would love to help with the financial costs by buying a share.” 

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Jackson Family Patriarch Joe Jackson Suffers Stroke, Aged 83


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Michael Jackson’s father, Joe Jackson has suffered a stroke, CNN report today (November 30, 2012). The 83 year-old patriarch of the Jackson dynasty suffered a mild stroke and was taken to hospital. He is said to be in “very good spirits” and is expected to be discharged from hospital.

This isn’t the first time that Joe has suffered a stroke, he has had two others in the last five years, a source close to the family told CNN. Jackson is credited with creating the pop band The Jackson 5, that made his children famous. Of those children, Michael Jackson was unarguably the most successful, though his life and career did not come without its troubles. Michael passed away in 2010 and the Jackson family have rarely been out of the press headlines since.

Joe, himself, made waves just a few weeks ago, when he decided to reveal the gun that he had on his person. He might be licensed to carry the weapon but it still raised a few eyebrows when he unveiled it at an event in Las Vegas. Jackson’s public image has never really been a rosy one, he’s been accused of exerting his tyrannical abuse over his children to further their careers (and, by proxy, his own). Though he Katherine Jackson are still married, they no longer live together; Jackson – despite his age – still remains an active businessman.

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