Jackson family to seek jackpot in wrongful death lawsuit

By Drum Digital
02 April 2013

Jury selection is to begin Tuesday in a civil case brought by Michael Jackson's family, who are suing concert promoter AEG Live for his death in 2009.

Jackson's mother Katherine, 82, and three children are bringing the suit, claiming that the company was responsible for his death from overdose of the anesthetic propofol, because it hired and controlled the doctor who administered the dose and was negligent in not checking up on him.

The figure the family will seek in damages has not been officially revealed. But celebrity website TMZ.com, which rose to fame with its breaking scoops about Jackson's death, reported earlier this month that the family wants more than 40 billion dollars as compensation for Jackson's lost earnings.

The case is sure to hold media attention as Jackson's life is laid bare once again, as it was in the notorious child molestation cases of 1993 and 2005 and the 2011 trial of Dr Conrad Murray.

Murray is currently serving a four-year sentence for involuntary manslaughter after being found guilty of disregarding medical procedures in Jackson's case.

-by Sapa

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