Jackson Family Granted Permission to Sue AEG Live

Michael Jackson's mother can pursue wrongful death lawsuit against the concert promoter

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: La Toya Jackson and Katherine Jackson leave court after day five of the preliminary hearing for Dr. Conrad Murray on January 10, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
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Michael Jackson's mother has been given permission to proceed in her wrongful death lawsuit against concert promoter AEG Live. She claims AEG is responsible for the decisions of Dr. Conrad Murray that resulted in the death of her son, because Jackson was rehearsing for a series of concerts in London that were to be promoted by AEG just before he died in 2009.

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Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos denied AEG's attempt to dismiss Katherine Jackson's case in court yesterday, though it was decided that her lawyers would need to show evidence of fraud, negligence and conspiracy to move forward. Palazuelos said that she had doubts about Jackson's conspiracy charges, noting that AEG's desire to have the singer show up for his rehearsals was not inherently wrong or illegal.

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Katherine Jackson's civil case, which was filed in September along with the King of Pop's three children as co-plaintiffs, will have its next hearing on March 22, just days before Dr. Murray stands trial for involuntary manslaughter.

Jackson family lawsuit can proceed against AEG [Reuters]