A Los Angeles jury found unanimously on Wednesday (October 02) that concert promoter AEG Live was not liable in the wrongful death lawsuit brought by family members of pop star Michael Jackson.
The verdict found that the doctor the company hired for Jackson, Conrad Murray, was not unfit for his job. The decision capped a five-month trial that opened a window into the late entertainer's private life and final days.
Jackson's mother, Katherine, and his three children sued AEG Live over the singer's 2009 death from an overdose of the surgical anaesthetic propofol.
The family alleged that privately held AEG Live negligently hired Murray as Jackson's personal physician and ignored signs that the singer was in poor health prior to his death.
During the trial AEG claimed it was not liable for Jackson's drug overdose, as it could not have known that Murray, who had a valid licence to practise medicine in four states, would pose a risk to the singer's health.
The Jackson family said they were considering "all options" after the verdict was announced.
The family had demanded that AEG pay Jackson's children $85m each and his mother $35m
Murray cared for Jackson as the singer rehearsed for his series of 50 comeback "This Is It" concerts. He was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 for administering the propofol that killed the star.
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