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Michael Jackson Merchandise Hearing

8/17/2009 7:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The lawyer for Michael Jackson's kids is set to appear in court for the first time today, as lawyers for the estate and Katherine Jackson's lawyers try to reach an agreement on merchandising all things Michael.

UPDATE 7:10 PM -- And we're done for the day. Biggest headline -- the judge has approved a major Jackson merchandising deal, but there is still one more deal (with AEG for a Jackson memorabilia tour) to be decided upon.

UPDATE 7:03 PM -- The judge has set an evidentiary hearing for Friday -- so the AEG deal won't be approved (or denied) until then.

UPDATE 6:45 PM -- An attorney for AEG says the company wants the deal taken care of this week.

UPDATE 6:41 PM -- And we're back on the record.

UPDATE 6:34 PM -- The judge has ordered a short recess in the hopes all sides can reach an agreement on the AEG deal today.

UPDATE 6:32 PM -- The lawyer representing Jackson's kids isn't sure the AEG deal is the best deal out there.

UPDATE 6:24 PM -- One of the lawyers for the special administrators is worried that if the AEG deal isn't approved soon, AEG will pull it off the table.

UPDATE 6:15 PM -- All parties involved continue to express the time constraint they are under -- everyone wants the deals done ASAP.

UPDATE 6:10 PM -- The attorney for the kids just said she is not objecting the AEG deal.

UPDATE 6:05 PM -- An attorney for Katherine just suggested the lawyers for estate have pulled the guardian ad litem towards their side.

UPDATE 5:58 PM -- The deal with Bravado, to produce various different kinds of Jackson memorabilia, has been approved. This deal will generate millions of dollars for the Jackson estate.

UPDATE 5:50 PM -- Howard Weitzman, the attorney for the special administrators, has stated that one of the beneficiaries approves the AEG deal (to put on a Jackson memorabilia tour), but one is against it. We've been hearing Katherine is not happy about the arrangement, so she is probably the one who has objected.

UPDATE 5:35 PM -- The judge has set a tentative date (September 9) to hear Katherine's safe harbor petition. What that means is that Katherine wants to file an objection to the special administrators, but doesn't want to do so if it would be considered protesting the will. Jackson's will contains a no-contest clause -- meaning anyone who challenges it loses their inheritance rights.

UPDATE 5:30 PM -- The judge said that if it weren't for Katherine Jackson's procedural posturing, both parties would not have to spend as much time in court.

UPDATE 5:13 PM -- The judge said he agrees with Lodise -- there needs to be a simpler process put in place so the special administrators of Jackson's estate don't have to go before the judge to do every single thing.

UPDATE 5:11 PM
-- The judge wants to come up with a trial date for Katherine Jackson's objection to the permanent appointment of the special administrators.

UPDATE 5:10 PM -- Margaret Lodise, the guardian ad litem for Jackson's kids, has submitted a report to the court.

UPDATE 4:57 PM -- The lawyers are getting into place.

UPDATE 4:47 PM -- Claire Elisabeth Fields Cruise, the woman who claims to be the bio mom of MJ's kids, is in the courtroom. Let the fun begin!

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16.

holmes    

let the games begin.. indeed TMZ..

it'll put the GLADIATORS During Ancient Rome to shame.. lol..

talk aBOUT A CAST OF characters..

at least good to see.. there's a lawyer for the kids in place..about time.

If I were Katherine-- I'd shut up & just let Branca get on with it.. they're getting so greedy for more-- the Jacks may just lose everything.

1872 days ago
17.

iFart    

F**k you and your crappy pictures TMZ!!

1872 days ago
18.

FRYConradMurry    

Everyone better go buy the BOOTLEGS on ebay before they get taken down!! LOL

1872 days ago
19.

isabelnecessary    

why are they even letting Claire Elisabeth Fields Cruise into the courtroom!

1872 days ago
20.

DON'T GET SCAMMED    

balls

1872 days ago
21.

LillyandGish    

I must admit, the update at 4:47 made me laugh.

1872 days ago
22.

doc murry    

TMZ READERS FLASH UPDATE,,IT IS REPORTED BY CNN THAT PEOPLE ARE LINING UP OUTSIDE BY THE THOUSANDS ALL WEARING TIN FOIL OVER THEIR HEADS WAITING FOR THE MESSAGE FROM MICHAEL..HE IS ALIVE..ONLY THEY KNOW

1872 days ago
23.

Alex    

The vultures are coming

1872 days ago
24.

MJ WAS A JUNKIE    

24. TMZ READERS FLASH UPDATE,,IT IS REPORTED BY CNN THAT PEOPLE ARE LINING UP OUTSIDE BY THE THOUSANDS ALL WEARING TIN FOIL OVER THEIR HEADS WAITING FOR THE MESSAGE FROM MICHAEL..HE IS ALIVE..ONLY THEY KNOW

Posted at 5:10PM on Aug 17th 2009 by THE PREDICTOR
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ROTFLMAO

1872 days ago
25.

liz    

Lawyers will make money on this. The Jacksons shouldn't be getting more money, and Michael's children already have enough money to effectively ruin their lives......wait and see

1872 days ago
26.

asdf    

Keep refreshing the page, we need advertising money!

1872 days ago
27.

tired    

predictor your the dumb ass who the f*ck cares to be first its not like its sex and you get sloppy seconds if your not first grow up you d*ck head

1872 days ago
28.

Vanessa Kaye    

I just honestly wish things work out the way Michael would have wanted them to. He's all that matters right now! Keeping HIS memory alive the right way! (And making sure half the assets go to his mother and his kids)

Cuz I will buy every thing Michael lol. Like today I bought a jackson 5 cd and downloaded some songs from Itunes lol. My favorites for sure!!!!

I hope every thing works out!

1872 days ago
29.

diane    

Sounds like the kids attorney is doing her job---judge agrees with her there needs to be a simpler way for special administrators to do business for the estate---I think Katherine is getting bad advice from those around her.

1872 days ago
30.

Em    

Claire Elisabeth Fields Cruise needs a job and a good therapist. Way too much time on her hands. I wonder what her friends and family think of her warped perception of reality. Wow.
I don't think it's about the money for Katherine Jackson; I think she's probably trying her best to preserve her son's legacy and, yes, ensure that his children and his beloved charities are looked after once she passes. And, of course she has to eat, c'mon now - at this age she shouldn't have to be worried about changing lifestyles. She's become a very strong woman over the years and I don't think her estranged husband is forcing her hand. Please try to remember this is all still very painful for her; bad enough her most devoted son died so suddenly, she has Michael's three grieving (most likely) children under her wing, lawyers and court appearances up the wazoo, a burial that everyone is arguing about and an audience of millions watching it all unfold. Welcome to Michael's reality - hang in there Mama Jackson.

1872 days ago
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