Katherine Jackson just got shut down by an L.A. judge ... who REJECTED her bid for a new trial in the Michael Jackson wrongful death case.
A jury shut Katherine down in October ... ruling AEG Live did not screw up in hiring Dr. Conrad Murray.
Katherine claimed jurors had been given confusing instructions ... but the judge wasn't buying what she was selling.
Katherine's recourse now is to take up her beef with the California Court of Appeal. She's already filed legal docs with the court.
AEG to Katherine Jackson
... Move On With Your Life!
12/26/2013 10:33 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Katherine Jackson is not only WASTING HER TIME by appealing the AEG wrongful death case ... she's also making a mockery of the legal system ... so says AEG.
AEG just responded to Katherine's request for a new trial -- after Katherine argued that jurors were bamboozled because the jury instructions blocked them from being able hold AEG responsible for Conrad Murray's actions AFTER he was hired to take care of Michael Jackson.
Katherine had claimed that even if Murray was competent when AEG hired him, they should still be liable because he proved reckless and irresponsible during the months leading up to Jackson's death, and AEG did nothing to stop it.
But AEG claims Katherine is simply grasping at straws ... and her appeal is a pathetic last ditch effort from a desperate woman.
The entertainment giant also argues that the jury instructions were crystal clear and perfectly fair, taken directly from the California Civil Jury instruction guide book ... so too bad, so sad ... but that's the way the law works.
Ultimately, the judge will decide who's right on January 3rd ... when the case is due back in court.
Katherine Jackson to AEG
You're Charging Me for Parking!!!
12/18/2013 12:18 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Katherine Jackson is irate that AEG is asking her to pay more than $1.2 million in costs associated with the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial ... claiming many of the so-called "expenses" are bogus.
AEG -- which won the case -- is asking the judge to sock Katherine with court costs. But according to new docs, obtained by TMZ, Katherine is blanching at a bunch of them, including:
-- $540,000 in models and blow-up court exhibits
-- $20,000 for 1,000 pages of jury instruction paper and other stuff
-- $53,000 for process servers
-- $118,000 unnecessary depositions
Katherine is even grousing about the $9 parking fees tacked on for court reporters to show up for the trial.
A judge hasn't decided what, if anything, Katherine will have to shell out.
The Jury Was Bamboozled
I Want a New Trial
12/13/2013 5:09 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Katherine Jackson has just formally asked for a new trial in the Michael Jackson wrongful death case, claiming the judge screwed up by not letting the jury consider that Conrad Murray acted like a nincompoop AFTER he was hired by AEG.
Katherine lost because the jury decided when AEG hired Murray, there was no reason to believe he was incompetent. The answer to that question ended the case. Katherine feels the judge should have allowed jurors to go further -- even if Murray seemed competent at the beginning, he proved reckless and irresponsible during the months leading up to Jackson's death, and AEG did nothing to stop it.
The documents formally asking for a new trial include statements from 4 jurors, who say they feel the verdict was wrong.
One juror says, "I feel so cheated ..." Another juror felt Katherine should have won, and complained the jury instructions made that impossible. And still another juror said, "This was a very unfair and upsetting way to end the case. There was no question in my mind that AEG Live was liable."
Katherine wants a second bite of the apple.
I Want Another Shot at AEG
12/3/2013 3:11 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Katherine Jackson wants a do-over in her fight against AEG -- TMZ has learned, she just filed docs asking for a new trial ... after the jury ruled in favor of the concert promoters back in October.
As we reported, AEG emerged victorious after Katherine sued the company for wrongful death, claiming AEG negligently hired Dr. Conrad Murray to care for Michael Jackson before his "This Is It" concert tour ... the same doctor who was ultimately convicted of killing the singer with a fatal dose of Propofol.
Katherine has now filed legal docs looking for a second chance to convince a jury AEG is to blame for MJ's death ... claiming she didn't get a fair shot the first time around.
Katherine lists a bunch of reasons for her claim in the docs ... including jury misconduct, new evidence, and general procedural errors.
A judge has yet to rule on Katherine's request ... but she's definitely facing an uphill battle.
MJ's People Expose Big Stars as Drug Addicts
11/15/2013 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Jackson's people have just thrown Britney Spears, George Michael, Van Halen, Aerosmith and other big names under a big tour bus, because MJ's people have just labeled them hard-core drug abusers just to make a point in a lawsuit.
Here's the deal. Lloyds of London has refused to pay benefits under an insurance policy that AEG took out in case MJ was not able perform for the "This Is It" tour. Lloyds rejected the claim on grounds Michael and AEG defrauded the company by failing to fess up that MJ was a drug abuser.
Now the bus. The Michael Jackson Company (MJC) sued Lloyds, demanding payment. MJC claims in public documents -- obtained by TMZ -- that a number of artists, including Britney, George, Van Halen, Aerosmith, Kings of Leon, AC/DC, Johnny Hallyday and Whitney Houston all were known drug addicts and all of them applied for similar insurance to Lloyds.
MJC wants to see how the other rock stars were treated to determine if Michael is being singled out unfairly.
Short story -- to make their case, they're going to tar and feather every other rock star and act in sight.
In Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Case
11/13/2013 10:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The fight over Michael Jackson's death is NOT over, because Katherine Jackson has just appealed one of the judge's major decisions in the case ... TMZ has learned.
As you know, the jury ruled AEG was NOT responsible for MJ's death, concluding the company was not wrong in hiring Dr. Conrad Murray. Earlier in the case, the judge dismissed two key players as defendants ... CEO Randy Phillips and Paul Gongaware, who was in charge of producing and promoting Jackson's "This Is It" concert tour.
Katherine and MJ's 3 kids sued for more than $40 billion, claiming the loss of Michael devastated their lives -- and now apparently believe the decision to dismiss Phillips and Gongaware torpedoed their case.
Katherine and co. are appealing the dismissal.
It's very difficult to overturn judge decisions in civil cases, but it can happen ... especially if the judge screwed up an important ruling.
Conrad Murray's Walking Free
And My Family is PISSED
10/13/2013 11:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Jackson's family is suffering its second crushing blow this month -- Conrad Murray is about to be a free man ... and Jermaine Jackson says it's almost too much for them to handle.
Jermaine downplayed his mother, Katherine Jackson's recent loss to AEG in the wrongful death trial, telling us ... "It's not about the money. This guy is walking this month. He's walking free this month!"
Murray is scheduled to be released from jail on October 28, completing his sentence for the involuntary manslaughter of MJ. Murray actually got 4-years, but that was reduced to 2, due to jail overcrowding.
Watch the clip ... Jermaine unloads on our camera guy about what he views as Murray's way-too-brief time behind bars -- adding his family is still hurting.
Bonus footage: Jermaine's take on his mom being pissed he blew $160,000 on a new Ferrari ... while he's behind on child support. Trust us, Jermaine ... Mama's not happy.
Delusional Ex-Doc Thinks
MJ Death Verdict Vindicates Him
10/3/2013 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Jackson's former doctor and convicted killer, Conrad Murray, must be getting pretty strong meds behind bars ... because he thinks the jury in the wrongful death trial proved he's a good physician -- he's dead wrong.
TMZ obtained audio of Murray leaving a message for someone shortly after the judge announced AEG Live was not accountable for MJ's death -- and on the recording, Murray says the decision proves, "I have never been and never will be an inept physician."
Murray's missing one giant point ... which is that the jury really only said they felt he was fit to do what AEG hired him to do -- be a good general practitioner for MJ. The part about pumping Michael full of Propofol every night was never relevant to the questions the jury was asked to answer.
In fact, the jury foreman made it clear they were NOT saying they felt Murray was ethical -- and said the verdict might have been different if ethics were in play during this trial.
Nonetheless, Murray feels vindicated ... so, you gotta hear him gushing and praising God, the jury, and the justice system ... this time, anyway.
Michael Jackson Death Trial
Jackson Family Loses
10/2/2013 9:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Jackson family just LOST their bid to hold AEG Live accountable for Michael Jackson's death.
The jury ruled AEG Live did hire Conrad Murray. That's huge. The jury then ruled Conrad Murray was NOT unfit or incompetent to treat MJ. Katherine and the kids lose.
So here's the thing. The question that ruined Katherine's case was whether Murray was competent to handle Jackson when he was hired, and the jury said he was. Ironically, a jury in the criminal case ruled Murray then went off the rails and did things that ultimately killed MJ. But because he was competent at the outset -- the Jackson family lost.
The jury foreman confirmed this during a post-court news conference where he said they felt Murray was competent to do the job for which he was hired -- a good general practitioner. However he added, "That doesn't mean we felt he was ethical. Had that question been in there, it could have been a different outset.
AEG claimed Michael hired Murray and what went on between them was a secret to all ... including AEG.
Spins Jury Verdict
We Proved Our Point
10/2/2013 8:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Katherine Jackson has a rather tortured analysis of the jury verdict -- she seems to be saying even if she didn't get any money, she still kinda won.
Katherine says, "We have said from the beginning that this case was a search for the truth. We found the truth. AEG hired Dr. Conrad Murray, the man who is in jail for killing Michael Jackson."
She's right to this extent ... the jury did say AEG Live hired Murray. In fact Katherine scoffs at AEG, saying, "AEG has denied for years, and continues to deny, that they hired Dr. Conrad Murray. The jury found unanimously that AEG hired Dr. Murray."
But then the jury delivered a knockout punch to the Jackson lawsuit, by deciding essentially that when AEG Live hired Murray, they had no reason to believe he was an incompetent general practitioner ... which was the whole point of bringing a doctor on board in the first place. Therefore, AEG was not negligent.
Katherine is pissed, saying, "AEG has repeated the mantra that this lawsuit was a shakedown. Such a statement is a slap in the face of the entire judicial system that allowed this case to go to a jury."
Katherine and her lawyer, Perry Sanders, say "All options regarding the balance of the jury verdict (the ruling there was no negligence) are being considered."
The Big Winner
In MJ Trial ... Maybe
10/2/2013 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
If Katherine Jackson wins her lawsuit against AEG ... the BIG winner isn't really Katherine or Michael's 3 kids ... more likely it's Jermaine Jackson, along with Tito, Randy and Marlon.
We got Jermaine out in Calabasas yesterday ... and we asked if Katherine provided for him in her will, but he dodged the question.
Here's the significance. Katherine is suing for $10 BILLION. If the jury awards her a substantial amount of money, it would almost certainly go to her kids when she dies, and here's why -- Michael's children won't need the money for two reasons.
First, the 3 kids are also suing, so any judgment would probably be more than enough for them to live off of. Also, when Katherine dies, they'll pretty much get the vast fortune that has been accumulated in the MJ Estate.
The logical people who would get Katherine's money would be hubby Joe and their kids. Katherine has been sparing in terms of what she gives Joe -- they don't live together anymore, so her kids would almost certainly be the primary beneficiaries of what she leaves behind.
As for the kids -- Janet is doing just fine, and we're told La Toya is also sitting pretty in the finance department. So the boys would benefit the most.
MJ Hired Me
And Hated AEG
8/23/2013 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Jackson -- NOT AEG -- hired Dr. Conrad Murray and MJ actually kept AEG at complete arms length on issues of medical treatment, because he felt a bunch of snakes ran the concert promotion company ... and these are the words of Conrad Murray captured on tape.
TMZ has obtained a voice mail Murray recently left on a friend's answering machine. If it were testimony in the wrongful death trial, it could be explosive. Among other things, Murray says:
-- Michael personally offered him the job of being his doctor on the "This Is It" tour
-- AEG actually wanted to hire a less expensive doctor, but Michael got his way with Murray
-- AEG never ordered Murray to give MJ any specific medical treatment. All requests came from Michael
-- AEG was not even aware of the medical treatment Michael was receiving. This point is critical
-- Michael despised AEG and referred to people who worked for the company as "snakes"
-- Michael had particular disdain for "This Is It" producer/director Kenny Ortega. MJ said he hated Ortega, who had no idea how much pain he was inflicting on Michael with the breakneck pace.
And Michael's venom extended to his family. Murray claims during the Jackson 5 Pay for View project, Joe (whom he called Papa Bear) demanded $1 million. Katherine (whom he called Mama Bear) also wanted $1 mil. And each of the brothers wanted $500k.
You gotta hear the audio.