Jackson promoter not negligent

Concert promoter AEG Live was not liable in the wrongful death lawsuit brought by family members of pop star Michael Jackson, a jury unanimously found.

Jury unanimously rules against Jackson family's case

A jury has unanimously ruled that the promoter of Michael Jackson's comeback concerts was not negligent in hiring the doctor who killed the superstar with a drug overdose, five months after the case first started.

Katherine Jackson lost her case against AEG Live. Credit: Reuters

The pop star's mother Katherine Jackson sought to hold AEG Live responsible for her son's death, arguing that they had hired Dr Conrad Murray without considering whether he was fit for the job.

AEG Live denied any wrongdoing and said it was Jackson who hired Murray.

Katherine Jackson was seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages for both herself and her son's three children.

Murray was convicted in 2011 of involuntary manslaughter after giving Jackson the overdose.

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Jackson family await verdict in negligence trial

A jury has reached a verdict in a case claiming the promoter of Michael Jackson's comeback concert was negligent in hiring the doctor who killed him, more than five months after the start of the trial that offered an unprecedented look into the superstar's private life.

Michael Jackson gestures during a news conference at the O2 Arena in London in 2009 when he announced the tour.
Michael Jackson gestures during a news conference at the O2 Arena in London in 2009 when he announced the tour. Credit: Reuters

Jackson's mother brought the lawsuit against concert promoter AEG Live LLC over the hiring of Dr. Conrad Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for giving Jackson an overdose of the anaesthetic propofol in 2009.

Katherine Jackson claimed AEG should have done a thorough background check on Murray.

The company denied hiring the doctor and said he had been picked by the singer as the doctor for his upcoming shows.