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  • 15 April 2014, 7:03

Katherine Jackson To Pay AEG's Court Costs

Katherine Jackson has agreed to pay over $800,000 (479,000) in costs to the promoters behind her son Michael's comeback tour after a lawsuit she brought against them failed.

Lawyers for AEG Live had sought more than $1.2m (718,000) for expenses after winning the five-month trial but the lesser amount was negotiated with Jackson's legal team.

The deal has still to be approved by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos, who oversaw the civil trial last year.

The Jackson matriarch sued AEG in 2010 claiming they negligently hired and supervised Conrad Murray, the doctor subsequently convicted of involuntary manslaughter over the Thriller singer's death on June 25, 2009.

Jackson died from an overdose of the anaesthetic propofol, given by Murray at the star's rented mansion in Los Angeles, where he was rehearsing for the This is It shows at London's O2 Arena.

In the civil trial, Jackson alleged that the promoters had missed a series of red flags about the star's failing health in the run-up to his death.

The Jacksons wanted AEG Live to pay $85m (51m) to each of the star's three children for emotional loss, and an unspecified amount for economic losses, estimated at up to $1.6bn (958m).

But AEG's lawyers called the figures ridiculous, and last October a jury found that Murray was not unfit or incompetent for the job he was hired to do, a key requirement for the Jackson lawsuit to have succeeded.

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