LA jury finds promoter not liable in Michael Jackson’s death

By Reuters 3 October 2013

A Los Angeles jury found unanimously on Wednesday that concert promoter AEG Live was not liable in the wrongful death lawsuit brought by family members of pop star Michael Jackson. By Eric Kelsey and Dana Feldman.

The verdict, which found that the doctor the company hired for the singer was not unfit for his job, caps a five-month trial that opened a window into the late entertainer’s private life and final days.

Jackson’s mother, Katherine, and his three children sued AEG Live over the singer’s 2009 death at age 50 in Los Angeles from an overdose of the surgical anesthetic propofol.

The family alleged that privately held AEG Live negligently hired Conrad Murray as Jackson’s personal physician and ignored signs that the singer was in poor health prior to his death.

Murray, who was caring for Jackson as the singer rehearsed for his series of 50 comeback “This Is It” concerts, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 for administering the propofol that killed the star. DM

Photo: Brian Panish, attorney for the Michael Jackson family delivers his closing argument to jurors in a packed courtroom in Los Angeles, September 24, 2013. REUTERS/Al Seib/Pool