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On Feb. 28, Katherine Jackson, mother of the late King of Pop, was granted a trial for her civil lawsuit against live entertainment promoter Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG).
Michael Jackson had been preparing for a highly-anticipated comeback tour in 2009 when he suffered a fatal cardiac arrest. A lengthy investigation revealed that Jackson’s personal physician, Conrad Murray, had given him an overdose of propofol and benzodiazepine shortly before his death. Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in November 2011 and sentenced to four years in jail.
Jackson filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of her grandchildren against AEG, the company that was in charge of promoting the This Is It tour . She claimed AEG hired Murray without a proper background check and, by doing so, the company failed to provide adequate health services to Michael Jackson, and AEG should be held accountable for the doctor’s lethal actions.
According to The Associated Press, Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos gave a ruling to proceed with the civil lawsuit, but only on the claim that AEG should be held responsible for hiring the convicted physician and “controlling Murray’s actions.” Jackson's other two claims were dismissed.
The trial starts April 2.