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Originally posted 10/02/2013 07:00PM
Concert promoter AEG Live was not negligent in the death of Michael Jackson and the singer's mother and children shouldn't receive any money in damages, a jury found Wednesday.
After four days of deliberations, the Los Angeles Superior Court panel found that Dr. Conrad Murray, who gave the pop star a deadly dose of a powerful anesthetic, was not unfit or incompetent to perform the work for which he was hired.
"The jury's decision completely vindicates AEG Live, confirming what we have known from the start – that although Michael Jackson's death was a terrible tragedy, it was not a tragedy of AEG Live's making," says AEG attorney Marvin Putnam.
During the civil trial, which started in April, attorneys argued over whether Jackson's death on June 25, 2009, was his doctor's fault or his own, and whether Murray was Jackson's employee or the concert promoter's. The jury began deliberating on Sept. 26.
Originally posted 09/27/2013 02:25PM
Alanis Morissette and her husband are being asked to pay their former babysitter.
The "You Oughta Know" singer, 39, and Mario "Souleye" Treadway have been sued by former nanny Bianca Cambeiro, who alleges, according to court documents filed on Thursday, that the couple never paid her overtime or allowed her to take meal or rest breaks during her regular 12-hour shifts while caring for the couple's son Ever three to four days a week.
The documents state that Cambeiro, who started working for the couple in August 2011 at their Brentwood, Calif., home for $25 an hour, asked Morrissette's accountant in January 2012 why she wasn't being paid overtime, and he said, "We don't do that."
Originally posted 08/26/2013 04:00PM
Reality TV star Kate Gosselin has filed a lawsuit accusing her ex-husband Jon of stealing her hard drive and hacking into her phone and computer to get material for a tell-all book.
The federal lawsuit says he took the material for a book called Kate Gosselin: How She Fooled the World.
The suit, filed Monday in Philadelphia, says the book was written by her ex-husband's friend, writer Robert Hoffman, but has since been pulled from Amazon because the material was obtained illegally.
Originally posted 08/23/2013 05:30PM
Paula Deen and a former employee have reached a settlement to dismiss the remaining claims in a lawsuit that cost the celebrity chef a chunk of her empire.
The U.S. District Court in Savannah, Ga., on Friday formally dismissed the sexual harassment case with prejudice, meaning it can't be filed again, just days after the judge threw out the racial discrimination portion of the lawsuit.
A court document said both sides reached the settlement "without any award of costs or fees to any party."
Originally posted 08/12/2013 04:45PM
A federal judge in Georgia has thrown out race discrimination claims by a former Savannah restaurant manager whose lawsuit against Paula Deen ended up causing the celebrity cook to lose a big slice of her culinary empire.
Lisa Jackson sued Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers, last year saying she was subjected to sexual harassment and racist attitudes during the five years she worked at their restaurant, Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House.
But U.S. District Court Judge William T. Moore Jr. ruled Monday that Jackson, who is white, has no standing to sue them for race discrimination.
The ruling leaves intact Jackson's sexual harassment claims.
Originally posted 06/26/2013 02:55PM
Prince Jackson arrived at a Los Angeles courtroom Wednesday to testify in a case filed over his superstar father's death four years ago.
The eldest son of Michael Jackson wore a dark suit and black tie as he walked into the courtroom where a judge is hearing the negligence case against AEG Live LLC.
The 16-year-old is the first member of his family to testify in the case, which is now in its ninth week.
Originally posted 06/21/2013 04:50PM
Originally posted 06/19/2013 06:00PM
Celebrity cook Paula Deen said while being questioned in a discrimination lawsuit that she has used racial slurs in the past but insisted she and her family do not tolerate prejudice.
The 66-year-old Food Network star and Savannah restaurant owner was peppered with questions about her racial attitudes in a May 17 deposition by a lawyer for Lisa Jackson, a former manager of Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House.
Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers, own the restaurant. Jackson sued them last year, saying she was sexually harassed and worked in a hostile environment rife with innuendo and racial slurs.
Originally posted 06/11/2013 04:00PM
Paris Jackson's attempted suicide came in the middle of another family drama: the Los Angeles trial centering on the Jackson family's wrongful death lawsuit against concert promoter AEG.
Like other relatives, Paris has been personally drawn into case. She gave a pre-trial deposition in March, and was on the list of trial witnesses for Katherine Jackson's lawyers, along with Katherine herself and Paris's brother Prince Michael.
Also lingering was the very real possibility she'd have to take the stand – a question that takes on new sensitivity in light of her recent hospitalization. In a 911 call released Tuesday, a dispatcher said Paris cut her arm with a kitchen knife and took 20 Motrin on June 5.
Originally posted 05/27/2013 02:10PM
Amanda Bynes is vowing to take her bong beef against the police to the courts.
On Monday, the actress, 27 – who was arrested on Thursday night for reckless endangerment and underwent a psychiatric evaluation in the hospital – lashed out at the NYPD, Tweeting that she plans to sue them for "illegally entering my apartment, lying about drugs on me and lying about me tampering with non existent drug paraphernalia."
Bynes, who allegedly threw a bong out the window of her 36th-floor apartment in front of police, continued, "Then I'm suing for being put into a mental hospital against my will, then locked up overnight for coming home after a facial and working out with my trainer like the good girl that I am."
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