*A judge issued a tentative ruling Friday against granting a new trial in the negligence case filed by Michael Jackson’s mother Katherine claiming concert promoter AIG was financially liable for her son’s death.
Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos did not immediately finalize the ruling after hearing more than two hours of arguments from lawyers.
A jury in October rejected Katherine Jackson’s lawsuit claiming AEG Live LLC negligently hired the doctor convicted of giving her son an overdose of anesthetic in 2009.]
Katherine Jackson arrives at the world premiere of “Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil” at THEhotel at Mandalay Bay on June 29, 2013 in Las Vegas
*Michael Jackson’s mother has appealed the verdict of her $40 billion wrongful death lawsuit against AEG Live, reports TMZ.
Katherine Jackson filed new court documents in Los Angeles this morning attempting to overturn the jury’s decision that the concert promoter was not responsible for Michael’s death in 2009, nor wrong for hiring Dr. Conrad Murray to be the late singer’s medical practitioner.
The 83-year-old matriarch was reportedly still hopeful after hearing comments made by the jury following the five-month trial last month, and her lawyer Brian Panish confirmed they were gathering information for an appeal.
The jury decided on October 2 that AEG Live, the promoter of Michael’s “This Is It” comeback concerts, hired Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in November 2011, but were not liable for the physician’s actions that led to the King of Pop’s death because he was neither ”unfit” nor ”incompetent” when they hired him.
Michael’s niece Tanay Jackson – the daughter of Michael’s brother Tito – recently revealed that his children, Prince, 15, Paris, 15, and 11-year-old Blanket, would never forgive Murray, who was released from jail in October after serving less than two years of a four-year sentence for involuntary manslaughter.
She said: “I think a murderer should get a longer sentence than that, I don’t think it’s fair. We really feel like there were more people involved in my uncle’s death. But Conrad Murray is the physical culprit because he physically injected him.”
She added: “No, we haven’t forgiven him. We can’t forgive him at all.”
*A lawyer for Michael Jackson’s family said all options remain on the table after losing their chance to hold AEG Live liable for her son’s death.
A jury on Wednesday sided with concert promoter, clearing the company of liability in the 2009 death of Michael Jackson a few weeks before his 50-concert London comeback was to begin. After the verdict was read in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom, Katherine Jackson looked ahead stoically.
She declined to address reporters as she was quickly whisked into another courtroom. She then left from the back of the courthouse.
Jackson family attorney Kevin Boyle said the family was considering its next move.
“We were able to provoke some things that are important for the Jacksons and for the concert industry and the sports industry,” he said. “We are of course not happy with the verdict as it stands.”
He added that family members would “explore all options.”
Attorneys for AEG, however, held up the verdict as a clear vindication of what they’d argued all along: that the concert promoter was not responsible for Jackson’s death.
Marvin Putnam, AEG Live’s lead attorney, stood in front of a scrum of TV cameras, microphones and reporters, saying the concert promoter never considered settling the case, which could have cost it hundreds of millions — if not billions — of dollars in damages if a jury had voted the other way.
“They wouldn’t allow themselves to be shaken down,” he said.
Dr. Conrad Murray appears in court for an arraignment hearing on January 25, 2011 in Los Angeles
*Michael Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray, had an emotional reaction to Wednesday’s verdict that AEG Live was not negligent in the King of Pop’s death, with a jury ruling that Murray was not unfit for the work for which he was hired.
Murray told NBC’s “Today” via phone that he was relieved that the case allowed some more of the facts about his work with Jackson to come to light.
“My immediate reaction was one of tears; certainly, I cried,” Murray told Matt Lauer by phone from jail in L.A. “I cried because for once the world was allowed to hear some of the facts that pertained to this matter. A lot of facts that had been suppressed, much of which I was denied and my attorneys could not present during my criminal trial. I was not given a fair chance to defend myself, nor were they given an opportunity to defend me. Based on the ruling of the court, I was very relieved that at least the world had a chance of hearing some of the facts…” [Scroll down to watch.]
Murray, who is finishing up a jail sentence after being found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s death, watched the verdict in the AEG Live trial as it was being delivered on TV.
He added that he felt that the jury’s ruling was part of God delivering his justice, saying that he always felt the lord was on his side.
“I have felt…that the Lord has always been with me. And I believe that this was part of my recognition that you had to wait on the Lord. You just had to know that he’s there for you and he’s going to deliver his justice on his time,” Murray said.
Jackson’s doctor also spoke out against the lawsuit filed by Jackson’s family, calling it “frivolous” and containing claims that he knew “were clearly incorrect.”
Murray also said he was looking forward to reuniting with his family and re-starting his life after he’s released from jail in a few weeks.
*The jury has ruled in favor of AEG Live in Michael Jackson’s wrongful death case.
Jackson’s mother Katherine Jackson and his three children sued the promotions giant claiming they negligently hired and supervised Dr. Conrad Murray and pushed the King of Pop beyond the limits for his “This Is It” tour.
AEG is claiming Michael hired Murray and what went on between them was a secret to all … including AEG.
The jury ruled AEG Live did hire Conrad Murray, but that he was NOT unfit or incompetent to treat Jackson.
*The jury in the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial has informed the court that it has reached a verdict.
The decision on if concert promoter AEG Live is liable in Jackson’s death is expected to be read in 90 minutes.
Jackson’s mother and three children sued AEG Live in 2010, contending the company’s negligence in hiring, retaining or supervising Dr. Conrad Murray was a factor in the singer’s June 25, 2009, death.
Jackson died of an overdose of the surgical anesthetic propofol, which Murray told investigators he was using to treat the singer’s insomnia so he could rest for rehearsals. Murray is set to be released from jail later this month after serving two years for involuntary manslaughter.