The jury has decided that “AEG Live” is not financially liable for the death of Michael Jackson. This decision in this interesting and complex case was reached after three days of deliberation. The Jackson family sued AEG seeking some measure of financial compensation for billions in lost earnings after Jackson died of a propofol anesthetic overdose that was administered by Dr. Conrad Murray in 2009. The Jackson family alleged that AEG negligently hired and retained and supervised Murray, who was convicted of manslaughter in 2011, and then pressured Jackson to continue to come to rehearsals for what would be a comeback tour in spite of the singer’s rapidly diminishing health.
The jury did acknowledge that AEG hired Murray, but decided that the company had no way of knowing that the doctor’s actions would prove deadly and no reason to suspect that Jackson went nearly two months experiencing exclusively drug-induced sleep.
“There are really no winners in this,” jury foreman Gregg Barden said after the verdict was announced. “Somebody had to die for us to be here . . . It was really a tragic situation.” “We felt the Doctor was competent,” Barden said. “That doesn’t mean we felt he was ethical. If ethical was in the question, it might have been a different outcome.”
During the trial, witnesses spoke of Jackson’s insomnia, his painkiller addictions and his relationship with his children. Medical experts testified about the dangers of the drug propofol and AEG executives were called to answer for inflammatory emails they had written about their star. After five months of testimony, the trial went to the jury. After taking a day off, the jury got back to work and arrived at a verdict.
According to the AEG Attorney Marvin Putnam “The jury’s decision completely vindicates AEG Live, confirming what we have known from the start — that although Michael Jackson’s death was a terrible tragedy, it was not a tragedy of AEG Live’s making,” “AEG Live did not have a crystal ball. Dr. Murray and Mr. Jackson fooled everyone. They want to blame AEG for something no one saw.” “We have said from the beginning that this case was a search for the truth. We found the truth. AEG hired Dr. Conrad Murray, the man who is in jail for killing Michael Jackson,” the singer’s family responded in a statement. “All options regarding the balance of the jury verdict are being considered.”
Any appeal could drag on for years into the future. In the meantime, Murray is scheduled for early release from prison this month after serving about half of his four-year sentence. The complexity of this case and many others like it demonstrate why competent representation matters with personal injury.
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