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Michael Jackson estate in battle with IRS

Michael Jackson’s estate is currently embroiled in a fight with the IRS, according to the LA Times.  The pop star’s executors claim that Jackson was only worth $7 million at the time of his death in 2009 while the IRS says he was worth $1.125 billion. The government agency is seeking $505 million in taxes and $197 million in penalties.

Judge tentatively rules against new Michael Jackson trial

A judge has issued a tentative ruling against granting a new trial in a negligence case filed by the mother of Michael Jackson claiming a concert promoter is financially liable for the singer’s death.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos issued the lengthy ruling Friday but did not immediately finalize it after hearing more than two hours of arguments from lawyers.

A jury in October rejected Katherine Jackson’s lawsuit claiming AEG Live LLC negligently hired the doctor convicted of giving her son an overdose of anesthetic in 2009.

Her lawyers argued the verdict form didn’t allow jurors to fully consider evidence in the case.

AEG’s lawyers contend there was no basis for a new trial.

Michael Jackson's doctor gets appeal date

A California court has scheduled arguments next month for Michael Jackson’s doctor to appeal his involuntary manslaughter conviction.

The 2nd District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles set arguments in the case for Jan. 9.

Former cardiologist Conrad Murray is appealing his 2011 conviction on various grounds. He says a judge excluded jurors from hearing key evidence and should have sequestered jurors on the high-profile case. READ FULL STORY

Michael Jackson doctor Conrad Murray makes bizarre claims in new interviews -- VIDEO

Conrad Murray, who was released from prison last month after serving just two years for the death of pop star Michael Jackson, has given a bizarre string of interviews over the past few weeks, most recently his chat with the U.K.’s Mail on Sunday, in which he claimed MJ killed himself. For a recap of his headline-making comments, watch the video below:
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Michael Jackson's doctor sues Texas over medical license

The Texas doctor convicted in the death of pop superstar Michael Jackson is suing the state for stripping his right to practice medicine, and his attorney said Thursday that the cardiologist has former patients eager for him to work again.

Conrad Murray, who was released from a California jail this week after serving less than two years for involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s death, accuses the Texas Medical Board of prematurely revoking his license. Murray claims in his lawsuit filed in Austin that his 2011 conviction isn’t final in California until his appeals are exhausted. READ FULL STORY

Michael Jackson's doctor released from jail

The doctor convicted of killing Michael Jackson was released from jail Monday after serving nearly two years of a four-year sentence.

Conrad Murray was released from a downtown Los Angeles jail at 12:01 a.m., according to the sheriff’s office. A change in California law allowed his incarceration time to be significantly cut down. READ FULL STORY

Quincy Jones sues Michael Jackson's estate

Quincy Jones has sued Michael Jackson’s estate, claiming he is owed millions in royalties and production fees on some of the superstar’s greatest hits.

Jones’ lawsuit Friday seeks at least $10 million from the singer’s estate and Sony Music Entertainment, claiming the entities improperly re-edited songs to deprive him of royalties and production fees. The music has been used in the film This Is It and a pair of Cirque du Soleil shows based on the King of Pop’s songs, the lawsuit states.

Jones also claims that he should have received a producer’s credit on the music in This Is It. His lawsuit seeks an accounting of the estate’s profits from the works so that Jones can determine how much he is owed.

The producer worked with Jackson on three of his most popular solo albums, Off the Wall, Thriller, and Bad.

Jackson’s estate wrote in a statement that it was saddened by Jones’ lawsuit. “To the best of its knowledge, Mr. Jones has been appropriately compensated over approximately 35 years for his work with Michael,” the statement said.

An after-hours message left at Sony Music’s New York offices was not immediately returned.

Jackson’s hits “Billie Jean,” “Thriller,” and “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” are among the songs Jones claims were re-edited to deprive him of royalties and his producer’s fee.

Jones’ lawsuit states the producer’s contracts called for him to have the first opportunity to re-edit or alter the songs, in part to protect his reputation.

Michael Jackson promoter found not guilty -- UPDATED

A jury reached a verdict Wednesday in a case claiming the promoter of Michael Jackson’s comeback concert was negligent in hiring the doctor who killed him. The verdict of not guilty was read at 3:30 p.m. PT. The jury did not believe that Dr. Conrad Murray was unfit or incompetent to perform the work for which he was hired, therefore AEG Live can’t be held liable.

The panel of six men and six women began deliberating on Sept. 26, more than five months after the start of the trial that offered an unprecedented look into the superstar’s private life.

Jackson’s mother sued concert promoter AEG Live LLC over the hiring of Dr. Conrad Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for giving Jackson an overdose of the anesthetic propofol in 2009.

Katherine Jackson claimed AEG Live should have done a thorough background check on Murray.

The company denied hiring Murray and said he had been picked by the singer as the doctor for his upcoming shows.

The case provided the closest look yet at Jackson’s drug use and his battles against chronic pain and insomnia. It also took jurors behind the scenes in the rough and tumble world of negotiations with one of the world’s most famous entertainers looking to solidify his legendary status after scandal interrupted his career.
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Closing arguments end in Michael Jackson lawsuit

The company producing Michael Jackson’s This Is It comeback concerts was a money-making machine run by executives who did not care about the star’s well-being, a lawyer told jurors Thursday.

Attorney Brian Panish used his rebuttal argument in the negligence case to urge the jury to find that AEG Live hired Dr. Conrad Murray to be Jackson’s physician without considering whether he was fit for the job.

Murray was convicted in 2011 of involuntary manslaughter after giving Jackson an overdose of the anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid as Jackson fought chronic insomnia.

Panish ended his rebuttal before lunch and the case is expected to go to the jury later in the day.

Panish focused on emails between AEG executives referring to Jackson wanting Murray to care for him during the concerts in London. He also showed jurors details of a contract drafted by AEG but only signed by Murray. He said it proved that AEG wanted to control the doctor.
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Defense rests in trial over Michael Jackson's death

Lawyers for concert promoter AEG Live LLC rested their defense Wednesday with testimony from a longtime friend and doctor of Michael Jackson in the negligence case filed by Jackson’s mother over his death.

The trial is in its 21st week and jurors are expected to begin deliberations next week.

Defense attorneys provided an emotional finale to their presentation, playing the videotaped testimony of Jackson’s physician Dr. Allan Metzger.

With Katherine Jackson seated in the courtroom’s front row, jurors heard Metzger deliver a tribute to the star. READ FULL STORY

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