Jackson’s mother, Katherine, and his three children sued the concert promoter in 2010, alleging negligence for hiring doctor Conrad Murray. Michael died of an overdose of the surgical anesthetic propofol, which Murray admitted to using to treat the singer’s insomnia as he prepared for an AEG-backed comeback tour. Murray is currently serving two years in prison after being found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
AEG’s lawyers contended Jackson himself chose Murray after using him as a family physician for three years. The Jacksons’ lawyers argued the promoters negotiated their own contract with Murray, which created a conflict of interest and put undue pressure on Murray to keep Jackson able. The Jacksons’ lawyers pointed to an email sent by an AEG executive to Murray which said: “We want to remind (Murray) that it is AEG, not MJ, who is paying his salary. We want to remind him what is expected of him.”
The jury unanimously agreed that while AEG hired Murray, the doctor was competent, which means that the promoter is not liable in Jackson’s death and will not have to pay restitution to the family.