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Posted in music on October 3, 2013
A California jury decided on Wednesday that Michael Jackson's final concert promoter, A.E.G. Live, was not responsible for the pop star's death.--
After a five-month trial filled with gruesome details of Jackson's last days, the case came down to basic questions of contractual relationships and the professional competence of Dr. Conrad Murray, the cardiologist who gave Jackson a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol four years ago.
After deliberating for about 13 hours over four days, the jury of six men and six women agreed with lawyers for Jackson's 83-year-old mother, Katherine, that A.E.G. Live had hired Dr. Murray. But they rejected arguments that the doctor was unfit to care for Jackson as he prepared for a series of comeback concerts.
The verdict saves A.E.G. Live, the world's second-largest concert company after Live Nation Entertainment, from paying what could have been huge damages. Lawyers for Mrs. Jackson, who filed the wrongful death lawsuit with the star's three young children, sought up to $1.5 billion, most of that based on estimates of what Jackson could have earned had he lived and continued his career.