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  • Judge: Michael Jackson's mom should pay costs
    Judge: Michael Jackson's mom should pay costs Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Michael Jackson's mother should pay more than $800,000 in trial costs to a concert promoter that she targeted in a failed negligent hiring lawsuit involving the death of her son, a judge said Monday. Superior ... More »

  • Katherine Jackson To Pay AEG's Court Costs
    Katherine Jackson To Pay AEG's Court Costs Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Katherine Jackson has agreed to pay over $800,000 (£479,000) in costs to the promoters behind her son Michael's comeback tour after a lawsuit she brought against them failed. Lawyers for AEG Live had sought more than $1.2m (£718,000) for expenses after winning the five-month trial but the lesser amount was negotiated with Jackson's legal team. The deal has still to be approved by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos, who oversaw the civil trial last year. The Jackson matriarch sued AEG in 2010 claiming they negligently hired and supervised Conrad Murray, the doctor subsequently convicted of involuntary manslaughter over the Thriller singer's death on June 25, 2009. More »

  • Michael Jackson's mom to pay promoter $800,000
    Michael Jackson's mom to pay promoter $800,000 Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Michael Jackson's 83-year-old mother Katherine has agreed to pay over $800,000 to tour promoters AEG Live for costs incurred to defend a failed lawsuit she brought, lawyers said. More »

  • NYC doctor on trial in patients' overdose deaths Wed, Apr 2, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — One patient died of an overdose after getting a prescription for scores of painkillers and anti-anxiety medications despite telling the doctor he was taking the drugs faster than intended, prosecutors said Wednesday as the physician's manslaughter trial opened. Another patient was prescribed dozens of pills three times in five weeks before he took too many and died, slumped over one of the bottles. A third patient overdosed five times but survived and kept getting scripts, prosecutors said. More »

  • Court: No rehearing in Michael Jackson doc's case Fri, Feb 14, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An appellate court is refusing to grant a rehearing to Michael Jackson's doctor on the appeal of his involuntary manslaughter conviction. More »

  • Michael Jackson Fans Awarded 83p for 'Emotional Damage' of Star's …
    Michael Jackson Fans Awarded 83p for 'Emotional Damage' of Star's … Thu, Feb 13, 2014

    Bereft Michael Jackson fans have been awarded the equivalent of 83p after proving the star's death caused them "emotional damage". The five fans, two from France, two from Switzerland and one from Belgium, filed a lawsuit against Dr Conrad Murray, Jackson's personal physician, who was jailed in 2011 for administering a fatal dose of a powerful anaesthetic to the King of Pop. The fans' lawyer told Agence France-Presse that the case was the first time the emotional damage in connection with a pop star had been recognised and praised his clients for "going through with the process despite the sneers it aroused". More »

  • French court awards Jackson fans for 'emotional damage'
    French court awards Jackson fans for 'emotional damage' Tue, Feb 11, 2014

    Five Michael Jackson fans won symbolic damages of one euro each Tuesday as a French court agreed they had suffered "emotional damage" from the pop star's death. More »

  • Michael Jackson doctor must pay grieving fans 1 euro - French judge
    Michael Jackson doctor must pay grieving fans 1 euro - French judge Tue, Feb 11, 2014

    A French judge ruled on Tuesday that five Michael Jackson fans who said they were distraught over his death be paid a total of one euro in "emotional damages" by the entertainer's doctor, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011. Conrad Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for his role in administering an overdose of the surgical anaesthetic propofol, which killed the 50-year-old pop star in 2009. "Dr. Murray was ordered to pay one 'symbolic' euro, or $1.34, and that's what we were looking for," the fans' lawyer Emmanuel Ludot said. Ludot said the ruling would be communicated to Murray - who did not attend hearings and was not represented by a lawyer - via diplomatic courier, adding: "But the fight is not about claiming the sum of one euro." Two of the five fans awarded the payout are French. More »

  • Conrad Murray Conviction Upheld By Court
    Conrad Murray Conviction Upheld By Court Thu, Jan 16, 2014

    A court has unanimously upheld the involuntary manslaughter conviction of Michael Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray. Murray was convicted in 2011 of giving Jackson a lethal dose of the anaesthetic propofol while the star was preparing for a series of comeback concerts. The six-week trial focused on Murray's care of Jackson, including nightly doses of the drug to help the entertainer sleep. The California 2nd District Court of Appeal determined that Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor was within his right to impose the maximum sentence of four years. More »

  • Michael Jackson doctor's conviction upheld
    Michael Jackson doctor's conviction upheld Thu, Jan 16, 2014

    A California appeals court unanimously upheld the involuntary manslaughter conviction of Michael Jackson's former doctor, saying there was evidence of his guilt in the star's 2009 death. More »

  • Doctor convicted in Michael Jackson death loses appeal
    Doctor convicted in Michael Jackson death loses appeal Thu, Jan 16, 2014

    A California appellate court refused on Wednesday to overturn the conviction of Michael Jackson's personal physician, Conrad Murray, who was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of the pop star. The three-judge panel of California 2nd District Court of Appeal unanimously upheld Murray's 2011 conviction, ruling that there was sufficient evidence and there were no errors during his trial. Grenada-born Murray, 60, was released from a Los Angeles jail in October after serving two years. Murray's six-week trial in 2011 grabbed global attention after Jackson, preparing for a series of comeback concerts in London, died unexpectedly in 2009 at age 50 from an overdose of the surgical anaesthetic, propofol. More »

  • Michael Jackson: Mother Loses Retrial Bid Against 'Negligent' Concert …
    Michael Jackson: Mother Loses Retrial Bid Against 'Negligent' Concert … Tue, Jan 14, 2014

    Michael Jackson's mother has lost an appeal for a retrial in her lawsuit, claiming that her son's concert promoter was partially liable for his death. She stated that AEG Live was negligent as they hired Doctor Conrad Murray, who was found guilty of giving the pop star an overdose of the high-strength anaesthetic propofol. In Los Angeles on Monday, Judge Yvette Palazuelos ruled that there were no errors in her previous trial that would warrant a retrial. If Ms Jackson's appeal had been granted, AEG Live could have been liable to pay over $1 billion in reimbursements. More »

  • Judge denies Michael Jackson's family bid for new wrongful death trial
    Judge denies Michael Jackson's family bid for new wrongful death trial Tue, Jan 14, 2014

    The family of late pop star Michael Jackson on Monday lost its bid for a new trial against concert promoter AEG Live, which had been cleared of liability in the singer's death. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos ruled that Jackson's mother and children did not have standing for a re-trial after their attorneys argued last month that jury instructions were confusing and not wide enough in scope. A jury in October cleared privately held AEG Live, the organiser of Jackson's ill-fated 50 "This Is It" comeback shows in London, of negligently hiring cardiologist Conrad Murray as Jackson's personal physician. The verdict came after a sensational five-month trial that offered a glimpse into the private life and final days of the "King of Pop." Jackson family attorneys could send their appeal to a higher state court. More »

  • Blanket Jackson Sparks Concerns After Creating Revenge Based Animated Series …
    Blanket Jackson Sparks Concerns After Creating Revenge Based Animated Series … Sun, Jan 5, 2014

    Michael Jackson's youngest son is reportedly behind what has been described as a "macabre cartoon series." Blanket Jackson, whose real name is Prince Michael Jackson II, is credited with writing a five-episode online animated series titled Kill Them All. The storyline is reminiscent of Blanket's own life, after he and his siblings Paris and Michael I, lost their father Michael Jackson, who died, aged 50, after being injected with propofol. In 2011, Dr Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the June 5, 2009, having administered the lethal dose of the anaesthetic to Jackson. More »

  • Michael Jackson's family to seek new trial in wrongful death lawsuit
    Michael Jackson's family to seek new trial in wrongful death lawsuit Wed, Dec 4, 2013

    The family of late singer Michael Jackson has filed court documents indicating they plan to seek a new trial in a wrongful death lawsuit against concert promoter AEG, after a Los Angeles jury cleared the company of liability in October. Katherine Jackson and the singer's three children Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket, sued AEG Live over Jackson's 2009 death at age 50 in Los Angeles from an overdose of the powerful anaesthetic propofol given to the pop star by his then doctor, Conrad Murray. The wrongful death lawsuit claimed the concert promoter had acted negligently by hiring Murray as Jackson's personal physician, but a jury concluded Murray was sufficiently qualified for his job. Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 for Jackson's death and served half of his four-year sentence in a Los Angeles prison. More »

  • Katherine Jackson seeks retrial over pop icon's death
    Katherine Jackson seeks retrial over pop icon's death Wed, Dec 4, 2013

    Michael Jackson's mother Katherine is seeking a retrial against tour promoters AEG Live, who were found not liable over the pop icon's 2009 death, court documents show. More »

  • Michael Jackson 'still loves me," says freed doctor
    Michael Jackson 'still loves me," says freed doctor Wed, Oct 30, 2013

    Michael Jackson's former doctor Conrad Murray said Wednesday that the late pop icon still loves him, and would be appalled by fans who attack him over the star's 2009 death. More »

  • Jackson's doctor evades fans, as freed early from jail
    Jackson's doctor evades fans, as freed early from jail Mon, Oct 28, 2013

    Michael Jackson's former doctor Conrad Murray was released from jail Monday after serving two years of a four-year sentence for the late pop icon's death in 2009, officials said. More »

  • Michael Jackson's Doctor Released From Jail
    Michael Jackson's Doctor Released From Jail Mon, Oct 28, 2013

    Conrad Murray has been released from jail two years after being convicted of causing Michael Jackson's death. More »

  • Doctor convicted in Michael Jackson death leaves prison
    Doctor convicted in Michael Jackson death leaves prison Mon, Oct 28, 2013

    By Eric Kelsey and Jonathan Alcorn LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Michael Jackson's personal physician, convicted of manslaughter for administering a lethal dose of anaesthetic to the pop singer, was released from a Los Angeles prison on Monday after serving half of his four-year sentence. Conrad Murray was released to his representatives, Los Angeles County Sheriff spokesman Steve Whitmore said shortly after Murray left the county jail. The release came under a California state plan to reduce prison overcrowding. ... More »

  • Jackson's Killer Conrad Murray Set To Be Freed
    Jackson's Killer Conrad Murray Set To Be Freed Sun, Oct 27, 2013

    Dr Conrad Murray is scheduled to walk free from jail on Monday - two years after being convicted of killing Michael Jackson. More »

  • Michael Jackson: 'Brutal Truths' Of Star's Life
    Michael Jackson: 'Brutal Truths' Of Star's Life Sat, Oct 5, 2013

    The behind-the-scenes world of King of Pop Michael Jackson was laid bare during five months of evidence and "ugly" testimony in the civil trial between his family and final concert promoter. More »

  • Michael Jackson: Murray 'Cried Tears Of Relief'
    Michael Jackson: Murray 'Cried Tears Of Relief' Sat, Oct 5, 2013

    Conrad Murray "cried tears of relief" when he heard a jury had rejected a negligence lawsuit against concert promoter AEG Live over Michael Jackson's death. More »

  • Michael Jackson verdict hinged on wording of key question to jury Fri, Oct 4, 2013

    By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After testimony from nearly five dozen witnesses during a five-month trial, the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of the late pop star Michael Jackson hinged on the jury's interpretation of one question on the verdict form. Was the physician convicted in 2011 of involuntary manslaughter in the singer's death, Conrad Murray, "unfit or incompetent to perform the work for which he was hired?" That question was the second in a series of 16 posed to the jury as the case was turned over to the 12-member panel for deliberations last week. ... More »

  • Jackson's mum slams 'shakedown' claim over death trial
    Jackson's mum slams 'shakedown' claim over death trial Thu, Oct 3, 2013

    Michael Jackson's mother slammed Thursday a claim that her failed lawsuit against tour promoter AEG Live was an attempt at a "shakedown" to make money after her son's death. More »

  • Michael Jackson's Family Lose AEG Court Case
    Michael Jackson's Family Lose AEG Court Case Thu, Oct 3, 2013

    Michael Jackson's family has lost a fight for huge damages after a court dismissed claims that concert promoter AEG Live was negligent over his death. More »

  • Jury clears promoter of liability in Michael Jackson's death
    Jury clears promoter of liability in Michael Jackson's death Thu, Oct 3, 2013

    By Eric Kelsey and Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles jury cleared concert promoter AEG Live of liability on Wednesday in a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of Michael Jackson, in a trial that offered a glimpse into the private life and final days of the so-called King of Pop. The verdict, which concluded that the doctor the company hired to care for the singer was not unfit for his job, capped a sensational five-month trial that was expected to shake up the way entertainment companies treat their most risky talent. ... More »

  • Jury rejects Michael Jackson lawsuit in wrongful death trial
    Jury rejects Michael Jackson lawsuit in wrongful death trial Thu, Oct 3, 2013

    A California jury dismissed a lawsuit brought by Michael Jackson's family seeking massive damages from tour promoter AEG Live over the pop legend's 2009 death. More »

  • Michael Jackson AEG Trial: Verdict Reached
    Michael Jackson AEG Trial: Verdict Reached Thu, Oct 3, 2013

    A verdict has been reached on whether Michael Jackson's concert promoter was negligent over the hiring of the doctor who killed him. More »

  • Analysis - Jackson case will change the tune for concert, artist insurance
    Analysis - Jackson case will change the tune for concert, artist insurance Thu, Oct 3, 2013

    By Sue Zeidler LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When Britney Spears takes the stage this December for the first of a heavily hyped 100-show two-year residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, the loudest cheers may come from her insurance underwriters. Along with the sound engineers and roadies who help stage a concert, insurance underwriters play a large role in making sure a star can get onstage and grab the microphone. Insurers are also key during those times when stars do not show and concerts get cancelled. ... More »

  • Jackson v AEG jury mulls verdict for second day
    Jackson v AEG jury mulls verdict for second day Fri, Sep 27, 2013

    The jury tasked with deciding if tour promoters AEG Live should pay massive damages to Michael Jackson's family over his 2009 death resumed deliberations Friday. More »

  • Michael Jackson verdict could shake up entertainment business model
    Michael Jackson verdict could shake up entertainment business model Thu, Sep 26, 2013

    By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of late pop star Michael Jackson against his concert promoter is now in the hands of a jury, and the verdict could have far-reaching implications for how the entertainment industry does business with its biggest stars. The 21-week trial, which has opened a window into the private life and last days of the King of Pop, has put not only concert promoter AEG Live on trial but also the entertainment industry's live-performance business model, analysts say. ... More »

  • Lawyer puts price on Michael Jackson's death at trial
    Lawyer puts price on Michael Jackson's death at trial Wed, Sep 25, 2013

    The promoters of Michael Jackson's doomed last tour should pay hundreds of millions of dollars in damages to the late pop icon's family over his 2009 death, a lawyer said in closing arguments. More »

  • Jackson lawyer attacks promoter as trial nears climax
    Jackson lawyer attacks promoter as trial nears climax Tue, Sep 24, 2013

    The promoters of Michael Jackson's last tour were "so excited" about making huge profits that they hired an unfit doctor for the star, his family's lawyer said Tuesday in closing arguments. More »

  • Closing arguments due in Jackson v AEG trial
    Closing arguments due in Jackson v AEG trial Mon, Sep 23, 2013

    Lawyers in the trial pitting Michael Jackson's family against his last tour promoter will begin making closing arguments Tuesday, after five months in court, officials said. More »