A California state appeals court on Friday denied Michael Jackson’s family its latest attempt to reverse a jury’s decision that cleared concert promoter AEG Live of negligence in his death.
The three-judge panel ruled that Jackson’s mother and children did not have standing for a new trial after their attorneys argued last week that AEG Live was liable for Michael’s treatment, and that jury instructions were confusing and not wide enough in scope.
A Los Angeles jury in 2013 cleared privately held AEG Live, the organizer of Michael’s ill-fated 50 ‘This Is It’ comeback concerts in London, of negligently hiring cardiologist Conrad Murray as Michael’s personal physician.
The sensational five-month trial offered a glimpse into Michael’s private life and final days in which Murray administered surgical anesthetic propofol to him as a sleep aid in 2009.
The lawsuit against AEG Live was filed by Katherine Jackson, 84, and the Michael’s three children. The Los Angeles Superior Court jury found that Murray was sufficiently qualified for the job he was hired to do as general practitioner.
Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 for Michael’s death and served half of his 4-year sentence in a Los Angeles prison.