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Jury finds AEG not responsible in Michael Jackson's death

The wrongful death trial pitting concert promoter AEG against the family of deceased pop star Michael Jackson has ended with a verdict.  For readers who are unfamiliar with the case, Michael Jackson's family sued AEG because they believe the promoter was negligent in assigning (and not supervising) Dr. Conrad Murray, who gave Jackson a fatal dose of propofol that led to Jackson's death in 2009.

Wrongful death lawsuits are claims where the surviving members of the deceased seek compensation for the negligent acts that led to a person's demise. These damages include lost future income, medical expenses incurred in trying to keep the person alive, as well as emotional pain suffered by the deceased's family.

The jury found that AEG was not liable in Michael Jackson’s death.

According to a KABC.com report, the key issue in the case was foreseeability. In other words, whether AEG knew (or should have known) that an unsupervised Dr. Murray was treating Michael Jackson in a manner that was jeopardizing his health. Of course, AEG claimed that it did not know about Dr. Murray's treatment methods (to the extent that they were exceedingly dangerous), nor should they have known about the potential dangers.

Also, AEG claimed that Jackson personally selected Dr. Murray, and that he had a long-standing problem with prescription sleep aids that eventually led to his death. Because of this, AEG insisted that it should not be held liable. 

The verdict means that the Jackson family will receive no monetary compensation from AEG. It remains to be seen whether AEG will seek fees in defending itself.

Source: LA Times.com, Michael Jackson-AEG verdict: Jury foreman ‘there are no winners in this’, October, 2013

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