Jackson family to strike gold with lawsuit

2013-04-02 20:29
Los Angeles - Jury selection is to begin on Tuesday in a civil case brought forth by Michael Jackson's family, who are suing concert promoter AEG Live for his death in 2009, and insiders believe that the King of Pop's family is to strike gold with the lawsuit.

Jackson's mother Katherine, 82, and his three children are bringing the suit forward, claiming that the company was responsible for his death from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol, saying the company hired and controlled the doctor who administered the dose and was negligent in not checking up on him.

The figure the family will seek in damages has not been officially revealed.

Media frenzy

Yet, celebrity website TMZ.com, which rose to fame with its breaking scoops about Jackson's death, reported earlier this month that the family wants more than $40bn as compensation for Jackson's lost earnings.

The case is sure to hold media attention as Jackson's life is laid bare once again, as it was in the notorious child molestation cases of 1993 and 2005 and the 2011 trial of Dr Conrad Murray.

Murray is currently serving a four-year sentence for involuntary manslaughter after being found guilty of disregarding medical procedures in Jackson's case.


  • bertus.pretorius.1 - 2013-04-02 21:03

    Only in 'merika...

      Barry Eason - 2013-04-03 10:30

      As James Brown sang...Living in America...

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2013-04-02 21:15

    It looks like Michael did not leave his family enough money. They are sick and desperate.

  • Frank David King - 2013-04-03 05:01

    When I think about what happened to Michael, my mind goes to Heath Ledger, Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston. Together, they inspired me to write this essay: http://wp.me/p2wzRb-O

  • Jolene van Niekerk - 2013-04-03 09:10

    Shame on them for dragging those poor children into this mess. As if they haven't suffered enough with the aftermath of their father's death.

  • Richard Grossi - 2013-04-03 23:15

    These people are disgusting .. so publicly exploiting the death of their son for financial gain. Are there no bounds to greed? What's even more scary is that people are going to side with them, caught up in the drama and the frenzy that they know nothing about.

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