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Кэтрин Джексон против AEG Live

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#951  Сообщение MagicalLove » 26 сен 2013, 10:37

Вот здесь --> http://www.hlntv.com/poll/2013/09/24/ae ... th/results можно проголосовать, считаете ли вы Аэг виновными.
Пока по результатам так:

74% Yes
26% No

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Re: Кэтрин Джексон против AEG Live

#952  Сообщение Liberian Girl » 26 сен 2013, 13:48

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Re: Кэтрин Джексон против AEG Live

#953  Сообщение Liberian Girl » 26 сен 2013, 13:54

Lawyer: Blame Michael Jackson for his death, not AEG Live / Адвокат: обвиняйте Майкла Джексона в его смерти, а не AEG Live

Los Angeles (CNN) -- AEG LIve's lawyer asked a jury to find Michael Jackson responsible for his death, not the concert promoter.

Attorney Marvin Putnam spent four hours Wednesday deliver his closing arguments in the trial of the wrongful death lawsuit brought by Jackson's mother and three children.

"Plaintiffs want you to hold a concert promoter liable for Michael Jackson's overdose in his bedroom at night, behind locked doors on June 25, 2009," Putnam told jurors. "An overdose of the drug administered to Mr. Jackson by his longtime doctor -- Dr. Murray -- who he'd been seeing for years, a doctor he brought to Los Angeles from Las Vegas."

When the trial began five months ago, Putnam warned he would show "ugly stuff" and reveal Jackson's "deepest, darkest secret."

The revelations that jurors heard from 58 witnesses over 83 days of testimony spanning 21 weeks included details of Jackson's drug use and his shopping for a doctor to give him the surgical anesthetic propofol that he thought would give him sleep.

"He was nearly half a billion dollars in debt," Putnam argued Wednesday. "His mother's house was near foreclosure, we didn't know that then. What else do we know now? That Mr. Jackson spent decades shopping for doctors to give him the painkillers he wanted. Mr. Jackson made sure we didn't know that."

Brian Panish, the lead lawyer for Jackson's mother and three children, conceded in his closing Tuesday that the singer may have some fault for his own death, but said "it's about shared responsibility."

Jackson did use prescription painkillers and was warned that using propofol at home to sleep was risky, "but he never had a problem until Dr. Conrad Murray was working and until Conrad Murray negotiated with AEG Live," Panish argued.

The AEG Live lawyer, Putnam, argued Wednesday that Jackson should take the full blame. "The sad truth is Mr. Jackson's death was caused by his choices and it would have happened no matter what -- with or without AEG Live."

The Jackson family lawyer urged jurors to award the family between $1 billion and $2 billion in damages for its share of liability in Jackson's death -- to replace what he would have earned touring, had he lived, and for the personal suffering from the loss of a son and father.

Putnam told jurors Wednesday that was "an absurd number."

Katherine Jackson testified that she filed the wrongful death lawsuit three years ago against AEG Live "because I want to know what really happened to my son."

Her lawyers argue that the company is liable in the death because it negligently hired, retained or supervised Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's propofol overdose death.

Jackson's lawyer will have another two hours Thursday morning to sum up his arguments in rebuttal.
Twelve jurors, who have sat and listened in a Los Angeles courtroom for 21 weeks, will then begin deliberations.

The judge is allowing a television camera in court for the closing arguments and verdict.

AEG Live's defense

Murray treated Michael Jackson and his children for minor illnesses while they lived in Las Vegas for three years, before the singer returned to Los Angeles to prepare for his "This Is It" comeback tour. It was Jackson -- not AEG Live executives -- who chose Murray to be his full-time doctor for his tour, the company's lawyers contend.

AEG Live Co-CEO Paul Gongaware negotiated to pay Murray $150,000 a month only because of Jackson's request to have his doctor with him as he performed 50 shows at London's O2 Arena, they argue.

"He told them 'We're bringing this doctor,' " Putnam said. "This was a choice Mr. Jackson made, he was a grown man."

AEG Live executives tried to talk Jackson out of taking an American doctor with him on tour, suggesting he could save money by using a physician in London, Putnam said.

"But Mr. Jackson was undeterred," he said. "Ultimately, it was his money, his doctor, his choice. He certainly wasn't going to take 'no' for an answer."

There was no need to check Murray's background because he was a licensed, successful doctor who was known to Jackson, Putnam said. "All AEG Live knew was Dr. Murray was Mr. Jackson's longtime doctor."

A key argument in the Jackson case is that AEG Live was negligent by not ordering a financial background check of Murray, which would have revealed he was in a dire financial situation and not successful. His desperation to keep his lucrative job led Murray to violate his Hippocratic Oath to do no harm by using the dangerous propofol infusions to put Jackson to sleep each night for two months, Jackson lawyers argue.

AEG Live executives had no way of knowing Murray was treating Jackson's insomnia with propofol in the privacy of his bedroom, their lawyers contend. Jackson was a secretive addict, adept at keeping family, friends and other doctors in the dark about his medical treatments, they argue.

But two doctors testified that they told Gongaware about Jackson's abuse of painkillers and his insomnia during tours in the 1990s, when the AEG Live executive served as tour manager. Jackson lawyers argue Gongaware, who was the top producer on the new tour, should have known that Jackson could suffer the same problems in 2009.

The deterioration of Jackson's health over the two months he was being treated by Murray was a red flag that there was a problem, but AEG Live executives negligently ignored the warning, Jackson lawyers argue. By June 19, he was frail, suffering chills, unable to do his trademark dances and paranoid, according to testimony.

"Everyone believed at the time that a 50-year-old man, who hadn't performed in a decade was tired, out of shape and very nervous," Putnam argued Wednesday. "That's what they believed at the time and it makes sense."

AEG Live can avoid a negative verdict if is able able to convince at least 4 of 12 jurors that it did not hire Murray. It is the first of 16 questions on the jury verdict form. If jurors answer it with a "no" -- that AEG Live did not hire the doctor -- they would end their deliberations and the trial.

An AEG Live lawyer e-mailed an employment contract to Murray on the morning of June 24, 2009. Murray signed it and faxed it back to the company that day. But the signature line for AEG Live's CEO and Michael Jackson were never signed since Jackson died the next day.

Putnam will point to those blank signature lines as evidence that Murray was never hired by his client. There were negotiations with Murray, but he was never paid, the AEG Live lawyer argues.
Panish, the lead Jackson lawyer, told jurors Tuesday that all the elements of an oral contract -- "just as valid as a written contract" -- were in place when Jackson died.

Murray had been treating Jackson for two months and the written contract stated that his start day was May 1, 2009. A series of e-mail exchanges involving Murray and AEG Live executives and lawyers supported his argument, Panish said.

Blame and damages

If the jury concludes AEG Live has liability, it would have to decide how much the company should pay in economic and personal damages to Jackson's mother and children. They can use estimates of Jackson's "lost earnings capacity" -- the amount of money he could reasonably be expected to have earned if he had lived -- to guide them.

AEG Live expert Eric Briggs testified it was "speculative" that Jackson would have even completed another tour because of his drug use, damaged reputation and history of failed projects. He suggested the star may never have earned another dime.

Putnam's closing argument about damages must overcome the impression left on jurors Tuesday when Panish played a video montage of Jackson performances.

"That is, I think, the best evidence of if Michael Jackson could have sold tickets -- not what Mr. Briggs would tell you," Panish told jurors.

Panish suggested jurors pick a number between $900 million and $1.6 billion for economic damages. They should add on another $290 million for non-economic damages -- or personal damages, he said.
Putnam argued that the number, if the jury finds AEG Live liable, should be closer to $21 million, the amount of money AEG Live's expert calculated Jackson would have given his mother and three children over the next 16 years. He couldn't have given them more because he was had a $400 million debt that ws getting deeper, he said.

"If Mr. Jackson had lived, it's hard to see how he would ever have dug himself out of that whole," Putnam said.

The last question on the verdict form asks jurors to assign a percentage that they believe represents Michael Jackson's share of blame in his death. The total damages owed by AEG Live would be reduced by that percentage.

Panish will have two hours to rebut Putnam's arguments before jury deliberations begin later Thursday.

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Re: Кэтрин Джексон против AEG Live

#954  Сообщение Liberian Girl » 26 сен 2013, 14:08

'Michael Jackson's death was caused by his own choices,' AEG Live lawyer says

Lawyers for both sides wrap up closing arguments in billion-dollar wrongful death case involving King of Pop's concert promoter.

Brian Panish, attorney for the Michael Jackson family delivers his closing argument to jurors in the Michael Jackson lawsuit against concert promoter AEG Live Wednesday.

Michael Jackson was a grown man who personally selected his Dr. Feelgood and chose to put the equivalent of a loaded gun to his head each night with daredevil drug use, a lawyer for concert promoter AEG Live told jurors Wednesday.

Marvin Putnam had his last chance to address jurors in Katherine Jackson's billion-dollar wrongful death lawsuit and hammered the concept of personal responsibility over and over like a chorus.
"Plaintiffs want you to hold a concert promoter liable for (Michael's) drug overdose in his private bedroom, behind locked doors at the hands of his doctor on June 25, 2009," Putnam said twice, repeating himself for emphasis.

"The sad truth here is that Michael Jackson's death was caused by his own choices."

The King of Pop was a consenting adult on the verge of his 50th birthday, and when he informed AEG he wanted his personal physician - Dr. Conrad Murray - with him on tour, "it was not for AEG Live to interfere with that longtime doctor-patient relationship," Putnam said.

He told the jurors — who started hearing testimony five months ago — that AEG Live was as stunned as the rest of the world to learn Michael died from an overdose of the surgery-strength anesthetic propofol given in a makeshift medical theater inside his gated and guarded mansion.

AEG Live's lead attorney Marvin Putnam a delivers his closing arguments in the wrongful death case filed by Michael Jackson's family in Los Angeles, Wednesday.

"Simply stated, AEG never would have agreed to finance this tour if it knew Mr. Jackson played Russian roulette every night in his bedroom. It wasn't going to happen," Putnam said.

Murray - now serving four years for involuntary manslaughter - was a cardiologist, not an anesthesiologist, and had no malpractice complaints before Michael's death, he said.

As far as AEG Live knew, Dr. Murray was Michael's internist, treating him for things like dehydration and the common cold, he said.

"If Michael Jackson had asked for an anesthesiologist…that would have been a red flag," he said.
Putnam agreed it was no secret that AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips and touring honcho Paul Gongaware were willing to move mountains to get Michael to London for his 50 "This Is It" comeback concerts.

"They were incredibly excited about it. They wanted to move forward, to be part of Mr. Jackson's redemption. And yes, they also wanted to make a profit. There's no question about that. But that doesn't change the facts. It doesn't change that adults are responsible for the choices they make," he said.

Katherine Jackson listened without emotion as she sat with eldest daughter Rebbie and grandsons Taj and T.J. Jackson in the gallery behind the jury.

One of her lawyers, Michael Koskoff, played solitaire on his computer during some of Putnam's presentation.

Katherine's lead lawyer said in his closing argument Tuesday that jurors should award Katherine and Michael's three kids $1.2 billion in economic damages and some $300 million in personal damages for AEG's negligence and resulting role in Michael's death.

Putnam called that amount "absurd" but acknowledged the 83-year-old matriarch's pain and search for "the truth."

"AEG Live is not afraid of the truth. The truth here is a tragedy, an absolutely devastating tragedy," he said. "This is a tragedy for his family, a tragedy for his mother, a tragedy for his kids. It is incredibly sad. But it is not tragedy of AEG Live's making, (so) please don't close your ears to the facts."

Katherine Jackson, the iconic singer's mother, is accusing concert promoter AEG Live of being responsible for the hiring of Dr. Conrad Murray, the doctor convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the King of Pop's death.

He said the evidence proves Dr. Murray started treating Michael and his kids back in 2006 in Las Vegas and that Michael described Murray as his personal physician during a tour physical in February 2009, months before his death.

He said it was also critical to note that Murray willingly signed a final contract shortly before Michael's death that explicitly stated the pact wasn't valid until Michael also signed.

Neither the "Thriller" singer nor AEG ever signed the document.

"Whenever a tragedy happens, it's easy to play (the blame) game. You can torture yourself. I'm sure his family has tortured themselves. You can say, 'If only I had done something. If only I had seen the signs that are now so clear,'" he said.

The other option is to "torture" and "blame" others, he said, calling the inclination "the natural thing to do."

But "should have, could have" scenarios concocted with "20/20 hindsight" are not what this case is about, he said.

"The law doesn't require you to save someone even if your conscience, your morality, you love tell you that you should," he said. "Anyone who's ever loved an addict, known an addict, cared for an addict knows what that's like. You can't save (them). They have to save themselves."

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Re: Кэтрин Джексон против AEG Live

#955  Сообщение Liberian Girl » 26 сен 2013, 14:15

AEG says $1.5 billion for Jackson's death is 'ridiculous'

A claim by the family of Michael Jackson that it be awarded damages up to $1.5 billion for the pop star’s death is “ridiculous,” an attorney for entertainment powerhouse AEG told jurors Wednesday

Marvin Putnam, the lead attorney for AEG, said an expert witness for the entertainment firm determined that the potential economic damages resulting from Jackson’s death were closer to $21 million.

Beyond the differing calculation for what the pop singer might have earned had he lived long enough to pull off a worldwide tour and a Las Vegas show later in life, Putnam said AEG was not liable for Jackson’s 2009 overdose death.

“It wasn’t AEG’s fault,” Putnam said during his closing argument in the 4-month-old trial. “All they wanted to do was put on a concert.”

Jackson, who was 50 when he died, was a grown man who was responsible for his own health, Putnam said, a statement he tried to drill into jurors’ minds throughout the day.

“Plaintiffs want you to hold a concert promoter liable for Michael Jackson’s overdose, in his bedroom, at night, behind locked doors,” he said.

Jackson, Putnam said, had used propofol since 1997 while on tour in Germany.

The singer, who suffered from terrible insomnia, tried to persuade other doctors through the years to use the anesthetic, Putnam said.

“Michael Jackson was told over and over and over again that propofol was dangerous, that it could kill him, but he wouldn’t take no for an answer,” the lawyer said.

AEG Live, Putnam said, would never have agreed to finance the tour “if it knew Mr. Jackson was playing Russian roulette in his bedroom every night.”

Jackson died a few weeks before his 50-concert London comeback was to begin. His mother and three children are suing AEG, saying that the company negligently hired and supervised Dr. Conrad Murray, the Las Vegas physician who administered the fatal dose of the anesthetic.

AEG has maintained that Murray worked for Jackson.

The case is expected to go to the jury Thursday.

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Re: Кэтрин Джексон против AEG Live

#956  Сообщение Mermaid » 26 сен 2013, 18:23

Меня очень радует то, что очевидная победа за мамой Кетрин. ИМХО - если выбирать между Аэг и семьей, я безусловно на стороне семьи. Я возможно, опять поменяю свое мнение, потому что эта запутанная неразбеиха меня совершенно смутила и мысли находятся в беспорядке, но на настоящий момент я на стороне семьи. icon_victory

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#957  Сообщение Белая роза » 26 сен 2013, 18:38

Майкл Джексон умер, так как играл в «русскую рулетку» с наркотиками
Адвокат компании AEG Live, организовывавшей последнее турне Майкла Джексона, заявил суду присяжных, что его клиент не имел отношения к смерти «короля поп-музыки». По его словам, музыкант умер, так как играл в «русскую рулетку» с наркотиками и неправильно выбрал доктора, который прописал ему лекарства, сообщает Billboard.

В своей заключительной речи адвокат Марвин Путнем заявил, что певец, отличающийся скрытностью, не говорил продюсерам, что использует анестетик пропофол для борьбы с бессонницей. По словам адвоката, если организация AEG Live знала об этом, турне Джексона не планировалось бы.

- AEG никогда бы не согласилась финансировать это турне, если бы знала, что Джексон играет в «русскую рулетку» с наркотиками, - заявил Марвин Путнем.

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Re: Кэтрин Джексон против AEG Live

#958  Сообщение ЛенаДжексон » 26 сен 2013, 22:22

Я тоже выскажусь.
Для меня, как для человека, который очень давно увлекается Майклом и зная о том, как сильно Майкл любит свою мать, просто шокирует, как некоторые, называющие себя его фанатами, позволят себе отпускать оскорбительные комментарии в адрес его матери, и поддерживают Аэг Лив. Для меня это просто какой - то кошмар, и ужаснее я и в кошмаре не могу себе представить.
Потому что для меня В ЛЮБОМ СЛУЧАЕ Мать Майкла является человеком, ради которого я даже на колени готова встать, она подарила нам его. Как можно быть против нее?? icon_shocked
Я жду с нетерпением того дня, когда она получит деньги и отомстит за сына!
" А мы закроем глаза на то, что мы знаем" icon_wink

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Re: Кэтрин Джексон против AEG Live

#959  Сообщение Liberian Girl » 27 сен 2013, 00:45

Jury Deliberations Begin In Jackson Family’s Wrongful Death Suit

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Jurors in the wrongful death lawsuit filed against AEG Live by the family of the late Michael Jackson began deliberating the case Thursday following the conclusion of closing arguments.

Closing statements ended around noon and deliberations began just before 2 p.m.

Michael Jackson’s mother, 83-year-old Katherine Jackson, sued the concert promoting giant in Sept. 2010 on behalf of herself and her son’s three children. She claims AEG negligently hired Dr. Conrad Murray to care for the singer as he prepared for his ill-fated “This Is It” comeback concert series and wants the firm to be held liable for her son’s death.

Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s death and sentenced in November 2011 to four years in the Los Angeles County men’s jail.

AEG officials say the pop star’s death was a matter of personal, not corporate, responsibility.

Attorneys for the company, who rested their defense Sept.18, argued Jackson maintained secrecy surrounding his medical care, including the treatment Dr. Conrad Murray provided the pop star inside his bedroom when he died from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol in June 2009.

Putnam told jurors Wednesday that AEG Live would have never hired Murray if the company had known “Jackson was playing Russian Roulette in his room every night.”

“AEG Live didn’t choose him. On the contrary, they tried to talk him out of it. They told him there are great doctors in London with some of the best hospitals in the world. They told him he didn’t need to use his money to bring his doctor with him, but Mr. Jackson was undeterred,” he continued.

Putnam also told the jury that the employment contract produced by the plaintiffs, which was said to be found in Murray’s car, was never fully signed.

After a 21-week trial, lawyers for the Jackson family began their closing statements Tuesday morning.

“Even though he accomplished more than any other musician before him, he also endured more physical, mental and emotional pain than any of us could ever have imagined,” Panish said Tuesday.

The attorney then moved to the first question jurors will be asked to determine: if AEG Live hired Dr. Conrad Murray. If the jury decides that the concert promoter did not hire Murray, the deliberation will be over and the Jackson family will lose.

Panish showed the jury a clip from a British television interview with AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips in which the executive appears to answer the question.

“We just felt this is his personal doctor he wants him 24/7, and the guy’s willing to leave his practice for a large sum of money, so we hired him,” Phillips said in the video.

Panish told the jury the contract drawn up by AEG executives called for Murray to be paid for work already performed, and argued a contract can be an oral agreement and does not have to be written.

The Jackson attorney went on to focus on an email sent by AEG co-CEO Paul Gongaware that he argued shows AEG pressured Conrad Murray into making medical decisions that cost Michael Jackson his life.

“We want to remind him that it is AEG not MJ who is paying his salary. We want him to understand what is expected of him,” the email reads.

The jury was shown a portion of video deposition where Gongaware is asked about the email and says he did not recall. Panish then played a video compilation of the instances when AEG executives testified not remembering emails they sent or received.

“They wrote the email with the King of Pop, the biggest thing they had going, and they don’t remember anything,” Panish told the jury. “Because they’ve taken the ‘ABC defense’: anybody but the company.”

Judge Yvette Palazuelos dismissed Gongaware and Phillips as defendants from the case earlier this month.

Attorneys for the Jackson family told the jury a reasonable compensation for the loss of Michael Jackson would be $85 million for each of Jackson’s three children, and $35 million for his mother, far less than the $1 billion experts in the case had predicted based on projections of what Jackson could have earned if he lived.

The jury, which could get the case as soon as Thursday afternoon, could decide AEG is only partially responsible for the singer’s death and assign a percentage of negligence to them.

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Re: Кэтрин Джексон против AEG Live

#960  Сообщение Liberian Girl » 27 сен 2013, 07:14

Michael Jackson verdict could shake up entertainment business model

(Reuters) - The wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of late pop star Michael Jackson against his concert promoter is now in the hands of a jury, and the verdict could have far-reaching implications for how the entertainment industry does business with its biggest stars.

The 21-week trial, which has opened a window into the private life and last days of the King of Pop, has put not only concert promoter AEG Live on trial but also the entertainment industry's live-performance business model, analysts say.

After closing arguments concluded on Thursday, the judge sent the jury to deliberate and a verdict is expected some time next week, if not earlier. Jackson family lawyers have suggested in court documents that damages could exceed $1 billion.

"If AEG is found liable, that puts these companies on the line for millions and billions of dollars, and it is already causing the industry to rethink how the structure is set up," said Jo Piazza, the author of "Celebrity, Inc." and a celebrity branding consultant.

Currently, entertainment producers typically pay up-front sums running into millions of dollars to performers in exchange for being able to have greater control over some of the performers' affairs.

The lawsuit alleged that "AEG came to control much of Jackson's life. The home Jackson lived in was provided by AEG; his finances were dependent on AEG, and his assets stood security if he failed to perform." Those assets included The Sony/ATV music catalog owned by Jackson, which even includes iconic Beatles songs.

The verdict "could have a chilling effect on how much micro-management of a star's life companies like AEG and other production companies have," Piazza said.

"But the reason the micro-management even exists is to make sure that the celebrities, the talent, is in the best position possible to make money for the production company," she added.

That kind of control is the crux of the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, and his three children.


In the suit, Jackson's family alleges that privately held AEG Live, one of the world's top concert promoters, negligently hired cardiologist Conrad Murray as Jackson's personal physician and ignored signs that the singer was in poor health.

The "Thriller" singer died in 2009 in Los Angeles at age 50 from an overdose of surgical anesthetic propofol.

Murray, who was caring for Jackson as the singer rehearsed for his series of 50 comeback "This Is It" concerts, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 for administering the propofol that killed the star.

"It's the kind of case that every entertainment lawyer is paying attention to because everybody in the entertainment industry has assistants and sometimes that entails medical attention as well," said John Nockleby, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

AEG Live has argued that Jackson had prescription drug and addiction problems for years before entering into any agreement with the company.

It also has said that it did not hire or supervise Murray and could not have foreseen that the physician would have posed a danger to the singer.

"They (AEG Live) chose to run the risk and make a huge profit," Jackson family attorney Brian Panish said this week in closing arguments.

"The industry is watching and waiting and seeing very much how this plays out," said Jody Armour, a law professor at the University of Southern California who specializes in personal injury claims.

"It could have a deterrent effect on corporations going forward, and how much and how aggressively they push entertainers to meet their contractual obligations," he added.


One change Piazza foresees in the industry's business model would be in how producers would start coupling an entertainer's pay together with fulfilling their contract.

"I think the big impact this trial will have is lessening those gigantic, multi-million dollar up-front payments and shifting the model towards a more back-end, profit-sharing model because then it would put the responsibility more on the talent to perform," she said. "They'll be making the money based on their performance."

But Reisman believes that the financial pressure for companies like AEG Live is too significant for a substantial change in how they operate or control artists.

"It's very, very important that AEG knew they had to meet that tour deadline," Reisman said. "Now, whether or not they knew what this doctor was prescribing, whether or not they authorized it, those are all questions for the jury."

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