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Julie Garber

Katherine Jackson Drops Civil Conspiracy and Emotional Distress Claims From Lawsuit Against AEG

By February 28, 2011

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In response to a Los Angeles Superior Court judge's ruling earlier this month in the breach of contract lawsuit filed by Katherine Jackson against concert promoter AEG, Jackson's lawyers have dropped their civil conspiracy and emotional distress claims from their lawsuit. The gist of the lawsuit, which was filed back in September 2010, is that AEG breached multiple duties of reasonable care owed to Michael Jackson with regard to the written joint venture agreement AEG and Jackson entered into in January 2009 to produce a series of live concerts, thereby directly causing Jackson's untimely death. AEG immediately filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit and earlier this month Judge Yvette Palazuelos denied AEG's motion, but added that attorneys for Katherine Jackson "would need to show evidence of fraud, negligent infliction of emotional distress and civil conspiracy." The brief filed by Katherine Jackson's attorneys last week gets them off the hook from having to prove the latter two claims.

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