Michael Jackson Case Could Have Set Scary Precedent

Law360, New York (October 8, 2013, 1:57 PM EDT) -- “Plaintiffs want you to hold a concert promoter responsible for Michael Jackson’s overdose.”

This is how AEG Live LLC’s attorney, Marvin Putnam, started his closing argument. With all of the emotion swirling around the tragedy of Michael Jackson’s death and the subsequent civil lawsuit filed by his mother, Katherine Jackson, this is the scary precedent that gets lost. Can the law hold a concert promoter responsible for the drug overdose of an artist at the hands of his criminally culpable doctor?

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