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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.

-- 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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Poor Michael---I'm sure if he had a grave he'd be rolling over in it!

1893 days ago

MJ FaN    

I am so glad that the deal with Bravado, to produce various different kinds of Jackson memorabilia, has been approved.

1893 days ago

Cali MJ Fan    

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

Whooopsie #2! Judge Beckloff is the one who appointed Lodise-- so Katherine's attorney just insulted the judge... and his judgement, not to mention the integrity of whom he appointed. Whoopsie!

/me orders a comfy chair for the safe harbor hearing-- with a picnic basket of goodies. It will be an event for sure!

1893 days ago


Could some explain what a guardian ad litem is?

1893 days ago


How can a mother protecting her son's legacy be deemed as pathetic? As a mother she has every right to know what the executors are doing. If it were your son you would want the same.

1893 days ago


Did the police ever recover the missing security tape that was reportedly missing??? So much time has passed that Dr. Murray has clearly covered many of his tracks....

1893 days ago

english grandmother    

Joe Jackson has just said here tonight that MJ will be buried at Forest Lawn on August 29 on what would have been his 51st birthday.
I hope thise is true. RIP

1893 days ago

MJ FaN    

I would like to buy Michael Jackson brand camera, cellphone, TV, toothbrush, bottled water, cheeses, bags, shoes, stuffed animals, hair brush, and more, right now.

1893 days ago

who the hell    

Gosh it is a shame this woman Michael wanted to $$$ take care of is having to spend so much time in court when Michael wanted her to take over his job of raising those kids. ((((((((KATHERINE)))))))) I hope you look at some of these posts so look you are eighty please go home hold those kids when they cry for daddy. open up the curtain watch out the window as they play. Stand in the door way and watch as they play video games. Turn off the bedroom light blowing a kiss to each of them as they nod off to sleep. Grandmas are supposed to make owees better.

1893 days ago

Cali MJ Fan    

@ c - Guardian ad litem

Court appointed attorney to oversee legal issues for an underage or incapacitated person. In this case, it is for the children... since the Judge saw through Katherine/McBillions.

BTW... does anyone out there think Judge Beckloff appointed the guardian ad litem because he thinks Katherine is about to push her way out of her own inheritence? Just curious.

1893 days ago


Guardian Ad Litem: An attorney appointed by a judge to minor children to protect their interests where money is involved.

1893 days ago


why should AEG seek to profit above and beyond recouping their expenses, plus a small share in the profits ? a small percentage is GENEROUS, since it will be larger than what they would have gotten had the show gone on.

1893 days ago


Why are the executors so opposed to letting Katherine have a say in her son's matters? If everything their doing is ethical, then why not let her have a seat at the table? Katherine is not saying she wants to run his estate on her own, she just wants to be a part of managing it. What's the big deal with that?

1893 days ago


38. poor mike the circus goes on.....
katherine outta send him to the old folks home
Posted at 5:34PM on Aug 17th 2009 by my mike
Katherine Jackson is standing on her own "demerits" this matter, Joe is simply her ignorant arsed sidekick. She put him in his place years ago.

You seem to underestimate Kate, mike.
Don't, the woman is a steamrolling (MJ named his steam engine at Neverland "Katherine")$$$$$$grubbing,soul and blood sucking control freak and manipulator.

BS to that granny crap!
She sure has the wool pulled over alot of eyes,but not mine...not from day 1, years ago when she tried to manipulate/control MJ regarding his decision to fly career solo.

Without MJs money, she and Joe would have had to find a way to support themselves, and their adult co-dependent "clan". (Please exclude Janet, Rebbie, Marlon, Jackie, Tito.)

Long story short, he STILL wound up having to support them for the past 30 years!

Katherine Jackson is an Evil chameleon.

1893 days ago


Katherines objection to the AEG tour of Michael's memorabilia is likely that AEG would get their expenses covered and she would only get 90% of the take for the estate and AEG 10% of the profits if there are any - Obviously her greed is being promoted by her lawyers who make lots of money supporting this claim -
The administrators of the estate also will make more money from the estate since she is causing so many un-needed costs for them when their time is better spent making deals to increase the value of the estate - and she better get herself straigtened out cause the IRS will want their big bucks next spring - She's not thinking clearly for sure - She's a Mom who lost her son and is grieving but she is no businesswoman -

1893 days ago
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