AEG vs Jackson

09/09/2013 2:31 pm0 commentsViews: 16

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Two top AEG Live executives were dismissed today
from the wrongful death and negligence lawsuit brought against the concert
promoter by Michael Jackson’s family, but the company remains a defendant.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos ruled that attorneys
for Katherine Jackson, who filed the suit on behalf of herself and her late
son’s three children, did not prove claims that AEG Live chief executive Randy
Phillips and executive Paul Gongaware could be held responsible for the
singer’s death.
In her decision, Palazuelos streamlined the case for jurors, leaving the
primary decision whether AEG Live hired Dr. Conrad Murray to care for the
singer and failed to supervise him properly.
The case, now in its fifth month, is expected to go to the jury before
the end of this month.
AEG Live denies wrongdoing and claims Michael Jackson alone hired
Murray, intending to ensure a steady supply of the drug he used for sleep and
that eventually caused his overdose death on June 25, 2009, at the Holmby Hills
mansion he was renting while rehearsing for 50 sold-out concert dates in
Murray was convicted in 2011 of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced
to four years in jail for giving the 50-year-old singer the lethal intravenous
dose of the anesthetic propofol.
Jackson family attorneys attacked Phillips and Gongaware, arguing they
ignored blatant warning signals about the entertainer’s health. Both executives
testified for several days.
The late singer’s mother and his three children allege in the lawsuit
filed in September 2010 that AEG Live hired Murray as Jackson’s physician for
his planned “This Is It” concert series in London without any background
research on the doctor.
AEG Live maintains it was Jackson who hired Murray in 2006 as his
personal physician and chose him to be his doctor during the concerts.

Michael Jackson fan signs giant card on day of death. Photo by Gary McCarthy

Michael Jackson fan signs giant card on day of death.
Photo by Gary McCarthy


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