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Michael Jackson -- To Pay or Not to Pay

9/23/2010 4:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The Michael Jackson Estate made some interesting calls when it came to creditors -- who got paid, who didn't, and who's still waiting.

Michael Jackson Estate
The estate made a bunch of decisions on creditors' claims, but four stand out.

-- Dr. Arnold Klein submitted two claims for medical services in the months before Michael Jackson died -- totaling $58,522.89.  Pretty ironic, since some people in the Jackson world believe Klein contributed to MJ's death.  The estate has taken no action so far -- neither rejecting nor paying the dough.

-- Tom Mesereau, the lawyer who did a remarkable job in Jackson's 2005 molestation trial.  Mesereau submitted a claim for $341,452.05.  The estate paid the lawyer in full.

-- Kai Chase, the cook who was at Jackson's home the morning he died and the woman who interacted with Dr. Conrad Murray that day, submitted a claim for $8,000.  The executors compromised with Chase and settled the claim by making partial payment.  This one is interesting because some of MJ's family got pissed off when she made the rounds on TV following his death.

-- Raymone Bain, MJ's longtime publicist and friend who had a mega falling-out with Jackson, had filed two claims totaling $404,000.  The estate rejected the claim and Bain sued. The court tossed her case out.

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Gsharon 710    

Arnie is a back stabbing, unprofessional pill pushing, skin altering, suck-up, wanna be rich off MJJ even it mean calling him homosexual loser. However the estate holders are only one adjective short of him.

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17.

Grump    

Arnie Demerol Parnie..... UGH - don´t even want to think about that shiny, oily man!

Posted at 12:22 PM on Sep 23, 2010 by Siggisiss


- LOL.. That's funny!

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18.

Rudy    

Big surprise - the attorneys paid the attorney.

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Brigha from UK    

Tired of seeing Branca and McClain portrayed as knights in shining armour. They are being very, very well paid for their efforts.
If they cared so much for MJ, then why did'nt they help him sort out his finances when he was alive?
Probably because MJ could not afford their fees.

1399 days ago
20.

Criss    

"well its a fact as i have said before the one who truly cared about mj in his time of need mr. messereau, deserved the swift action of his pay and i am sure they didnt mind paying it to him since he was the only one that cared for michael!!!! mess was there for mj and respected him for the man he was. sue from tampa

Posted at 12:11 PM on Sep 23, 2010 by sue"

I agree with sue! Definitely.

1399 days ago
21.

nan    

love tom mezz.a class act

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22.

Michaels Ramona    

Tom needs to get paid. thank you for the excellent job you did defending our Michael. I watched trial reports and transcripts every day during the trial. It sounds like John Branca and McClain know who to weed out. Would someone please tell Katherine Jackson to weed out Marc Shaffel. Ugh!! slimeball.

1399 days ago
23.

Tony    

A dead beat in life and in death.

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24.

Brigha from UK    

A $341,452 bill when MJ won the case?
This amazes me. In the UK the party who LOSES the case pays all costs. In general it is a good system as it discourages people from making frivolous claims and ensures that innocent parties do not lose out.
It is ridiculous that MJ should have had to pay anything at all to his legal team. Where is the justice? Janet Arviso and Tom Sneddon should have incurred these costs.

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25.

hoocheekoo    

If they ultimately decline to pay Klein, I'd give these guys an A+. Mesereau deserved every dime. The man's a prince and he was a true friend of Michael Jackson.

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Brigha from UK    

27. ....Mesereau deserved every dime. The man's a prince and he was a true friend of Michael Jackson.
Posted at 1:04 PM on Sep 23, 2010 by hoocheekoo
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A proficient lawyer yes. But a true friend? No, a true friend would have helped MJ for free.

1399 days ago
27.

Siggisiss    

A dead beat in life and in death.

Posted at 1:01 PM on Sep 23, 2010 by Tony

How anyone can call Michael Jackson a dead beat just beats ME! He worked for 45 of his 50 years, he supported much of his family all of those years, he paid taxes - no complaints from tax-office, sorry don´t know the name for it in the USA. You can be SURE it would be all over the place if Michael hadn´t paid his taxes. Can you IMAGINE how much money he generated for the country that ended up treating him so terribly, terribky badly!!! Can you imagine?! Try.
He donated millions to charities out of his good heart.

Dead beat? Give me a BREAK!

I am glad I am not an African American. If you don´t make it, people will say, I told you so. If you make it, people will say you got there due to special treatment and regard you with scepticism. If you make it big, you´re considered a weirdo, an alien and you´re doomed. Plain and simple.

1399 days ago
28.

nan    

if the estate hasnt paid or rejected klien bill. i wonder if they know he is under investigation and are waiting to see what transpires.

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29.

Siggisiss    

A $341,452 bill when MJ won the case?
This amazes me. In the UK the party who LOSES the case pays all costs. In general it is a good system as it discourages people from making frivolous claims and ensures that innocent parties do not lose out.
It is ridiculous that MJ should have had to pay anything at all to his legal team. Where is the justice? Janet Arviso and Tom Sneddon should have incurred these costs.

Posted at 1:02 PM on Sep 23, 2010 by Brigha from UK

Good point.

1399 days ago
30.

nan    

brighta , mesereau is still defending michael as recent as last week .
he has to make a living also and we really dont know what mesereau charged michael.
for all we know mesereau could have done it for ten cents on the dollar considering michaels cash flow problems.
if it werent for mezz , mj could very well have died in jail. at least he had some more time with his children.
i think mezz help was really immeasurable ..
u cant pay your mortgage with gratitude :)
although i wish we all could

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