Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Lawsuit Dealt A Setback – Personal Injury Lawyer Paul S. PaddaFiled under General
Following the tragic death of Michael Jackson, the “King of Pop,” his family filed a lawsuit against AEG Live, the company with whom he had contracted to perform a series of worldwide concerts. The lawsuit named AEG and two of its corporate executives as defendants claiming that they had acted negligently when they hired and supervised Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician that treated Michael in preparation for the concerts.
This past week, the judge presiding over the case dismissed the two corporate executives from the lawsuit ruling that the Jackson family failed to show that the executives did anything to “control, direct or perpetuate” Michael’s drug use. The ruling, however, allows the case to proceed against AEG Live.
AEG has claimed that it never had a contract with Dr. Murray and therefore cannot be held responsible for Michael’s death. The company has admitted, however, that it paid Dr. Murray $150,000 to care for Michael using an “artist advance” which Michael was allegedly obligated to pay back at a future date. At the heart of the case is an internal corporate email in which an AEG executive writes the following regarding Dr. Murray: “We want to remind [Dr. Murray] that it is AEG, not MJ who is paying his salary.” This email forms the cornerstone of the Jackson family’s lawsuit advancing the theory that AEG is ultimately responsible for Michael’s death since it paid Dr. Murray’s bills.
Dr. Murray is currently serving a four-year prison sentence for Michael’s June 25, 2009 death resulting from a drug overdose. A jury will now have to determine whether AEG can be held liable in the civil wrongful death suit that seeks millions in compensation.
Paul Padda Law, PLLC, having previously represented Michael Jackson’s father Joe Jackson, understands the pain families go through at losing a loved one. Death is the ultimate price to pay, but when it results from the potential negligence of another, it can be exceedingly difficult to deal with on an emotional level. While the American justice system cannot bring back a loved one or rectify an injury, it permits compensation for those left behind who must suffer the agony of life without a precious family member.