LOS ANGELES (CNS) - After 21 weeks of trial, closing arguments are scheduled today in a lawsuit by Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, contending that the promoters of her son's never-realized
The entertainer was set to perform a string of 50 shows dubbed ``This Is It,'' but the 50-year-old pop legend died on
AEG Live attorney Marvin Putnam maintained his clients never hired
Putnam maintained that a proposed contract between Murray and AEG Live was never executed before
Attorneys for the Jacksons maintain that AEG Live, in allegedly hiring Murray, gave little consideration to red flags showing that the doctor was in debt and not a board-certified cardiologist.
Palazuelos dismissed Timothy Leiweke, AEG Inc.'s former president and chief executive officer, and that company as defendants before trial. Several months into the trial, she also tossed all allegations against Paul Gongaware, co-chief executive officer of Concerts West -- a division of AEG Live -- and AEG Live President and Chief Executive Officer Brandon Phillips.
Testimony in the trial began April 29.
AEG Live is owned by Denver-based billionaire Philip Anschutz. Putnam represented another Anschutz entity, Crusader Entertainment, in a lawsuit by Clive Cussler. The adventure writer maintained in the January 2004 complaint that the studio breached a contract by not giving him final say on the script for the film version of his book ``Sahara.''
In May 2007, a jury rejected Cussler's claims and instead awarded $5 million to Crusader, which argued that Cussler breached a contract in his dealings with the production company, in part by criticizing the movie in the media.
The Jacksons' lead attorney, Brian Panish, has won numerous high-profile civil cases. Earlier this year he obtained a jury verdict of $8.3 on behalf of Loren Kransky in a first-in-the nation trial against DePuy Orthopaedics Inc.
The panel found the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary was negligent and produced a device with a defective design when it put the ASR XL hip implant device on the market.