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Katherine Jackson Files Appeal

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Katherine JacksonMichael Jackson's mother has appealed the verdict of her $40 billion wrongful death lawsuit against AEG Live.

Katherine Jackson filed new court documents in Los Angeles yesterday morning in a bid to have the jury's decision - which ruled the concert promoter was not responsible for the King of Pop's death in 2009 and was not wrong for hiring Dr. Conrad Murray to be the late singer's medical practitioner - overturned, according to gossip website TMZ.com.

It was previously revealed that the 83-year-old Jackson family matriarch was still hopeful after hearing comments made the jury following the conclusion of the five-month trial last month and her lawyer Brian Panish confirmed they were gathering information for an appeal. "She isn't throwing in the towel. We can't give up until we gather all the information. Today is another chapter," he said.

The jury decided on October 2 that AEG Live, the promoter of Michael's This Is It comeback concerts, hired Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in November 2011, but were not liable for the disgraced physician's actions that led to the "Thriller" hitmaker's death in 2009 because he was neither "unfit" nor "incompetent" when they hired him.

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Paris Jackson Moves to New Treatment Center

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Paris JacksonParis Jackson has moved into a new treatment facility.

The 15-year-old aspiring actress, who attempted suicide last month, left UCLA Medical Center on Tuesday and is now staying at an undisclosed residential treatment center, where she will continue to be supervised and undergo treatment for depression. A source told People.com that the facility was chosen by Paris' grandmother and legal guardian Katherine Jackson, as well as her biological mother Debbie Rowe, who she has recently reconnected with, because they did think she was ready to return home.

"The feeling is that Paris is still a danger to herself. Both Katherine and Debbie want her to get the help that she needs," the insider added.

It was recently revealed that Demi Lovato reached out to Paris. The X Factor judge, who has a history of self-harm and whose estranged father recently died, reached out to the troubled teenager to let her know she is not alone. "With Demi having just lost her dad, she feels a special bond with Paris. She told Paris about how she'd endured horrible bullying about her weight and her looks and even nasty comments about her estranged father. That struck a chord with Paris because of her own controversial father and like Demi, she's been dieting for years.There are so few people in Hollywood who show up during the tough times but Demi is the real deal," a source said.


Diana Ross Comforts Jacksons After Paris’ Suicide Attempt

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Diana RossDiana Ross is comforting the Jackson family after Paris Jackson's suicide attempt.

The "Chain Reaction" hitmaker - a close friend to the late Michael Jackson, who was named a back-up guardian to his three children in the singer's 2002 will - is said to be
"extremely concerned" about her godchild's well-being following the incident last week, and has offered her support to Paris' grandmother, Katherine Jackson.

"Diana is extremely concerned about Paris. She was stunned that Paris attempted suicide and has vowed to make sure she gets the help she needs," a source said.

According to Michael's final will before his death, Diana, 69, would gain custody of daughter Paris, 15, and brothers Prince, 16, and Blanket, 11, should their 83-year-old grandmother no longer be able to take care of them. However, although she is worried about Paris, the former Supremes singer isn't said to be interested in taking custody of the children away from Katherine as she feels they are well looked after in her care.

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Demi Lovato Reaches Out to Paris Jackson

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Paris Jackson and Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato has reached out to Paris Jackson. The X Factor judge - who spent time in rehab for an eating disorder, self-harm and emotional issues in late 2010 - took to Twitter following 15-year-old Paris' alleged suicide attempt, encouraging her to "be strong."

"Dear Paris Jackson, don't let bullies to let you down. We believe in you!! Stay strong, Please," she wrote.

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Prince and Diana Ross Could Testify in Michael Jackson Case

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Michael Jackson and Diana RossPrince, Diana Ross and Spike Lee are among the witnesses who could be called in the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial.

The late star's mother Katherine Jackson has accused promoters AEG Live of being negligent in ignoring health concerns over her son and hiring Dr. Conrad Murray - the physician who was convicted of the involuntary manslaughter of the star following his passing in 2009 - and it has now been revealed who could take to the stand in the case. As well as the two singers and the director, Michael's ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley, his three children Prince, 16, Paris, 14, and Blanket, nine, producer Quincy Jones, choreographer Kenny Ortega and several of the "Thriller" hitmaker's siblings could be called to give evidence, ET Online reports.

However, despite his inclusion on the list, insiders predict Prince is unlikely to testify. Music blogger Dr. Funkenberry explained to the New York Post newspaper, "Prince is so far down on the witness list, he will more than likely never get called."

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Jackson Kids Paternity Request

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Michael Jackson's childrenMichael Jackson's family has demanded that paternity evidence relating to his children be dropped from a lawsuit.

The late singer's mother Katherine Jackson - who acts as a co-legal guardian for his children Prince Michael, 17, Paris, 15 and Blanket, 10, - has filed a motion asking the judge presiding over the court case to exclude any evidence relating to their paternity.

According to legal documents, obtained by gossip website TMZ.com, Katherine claims that the jury does not need to know anything about her grandchildren's biological parentage. Budding actor and TV presenter Prince Michael and his sister Paris are believed to be the children of their father's ex-wife Debbie Rowe, while Blanket is said to have been born via a surrogate mother.

The family is suing AEG Live - who sponsored Michael's This Is It tour - for the alleged negligent hiring and supervision of Dr. Conrad Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for his role in Michael's death.


Conrad Murray to Plead the Fifth at Jackson Trial

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Dr. Conrad MurrayConrad Murray will plead the Fifth at Michael Jackson's wrongful death lawsuit trial.

Although the shamed doctor has been called to take the stand at Michael's mother Katherine's civil case against AEG Live - which accuses the company of being responsible for negligently hiring Conrad to care for Michael - he will not answer questions because the responses could affect his appeal, according to TMZ.

The medic has already served a year and a half in prison after being found guilty of involuntary manslaughter following Michael's death, but his lawyer Valerie Wass is set to file documents arguing she is appealing his conviction and whatever he says in Katherine's lawsuit could be used against him.

Michael's son, Prince Michael, is expected to give evidence on conversations he had with his father about the concert promoter. "Prince absolutely plans on testifying," a source previously said.


Michael Jackson’s Son to Testify in Wrongful Death Case

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Prince JacksonMichael Jackson's son will testify at his wrongful death lawsuit trial.

Prince Jackson will take the stand in his grandmother Katherine Jackson's civil case against AEG Live - which accuses the company of being responsible for negligently hiring Dr. Conrad Murray to care for the late King of Pop - and is expected to give evidence on conversations he had with his father about the concert promoter.

"Prince absolutely plans on testifying. Prince very much wants to take the stand and plans to tell jurors about specific conversations he had with his father about AEG. Prince will also testify about the fateful day his father died, as he was an eyewitness to the efforts that were made to save his life," a source said.

In the lawsuit, Katherine, 82, contends that AEG Live - which was behind the late singer's This Is It comeback concerts at The O2 arena in London - were responsible for Dr. Murray, who was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter following Michael's death, and failed to properly vet the physician before hiring him. The "Thriller" hitmaker died in June 2009 after being administered a lethal dose of Propofol by Murray.

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Katherine Jackson’s Lawsuit to Go to Trial

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Katherine JacksonKatherine Jackson's civil lawsuit against AEG Live will go to trial.

Katherine wants the concert promoter to face action as she says they were responsible for hiring Doctor Conrad Murray to care for her son Michael Jackson prior to his death from acute Propofol intoxication in 2009.

And while Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos dismissed all but one claim in Katherine's lawsuit, her allegation AEG negligently hired and supervised Dr. Murray while he cared for her son will go to trial. The ruling dismissed claims AEG could be held liable for Murray's conduct and breached its duty to properly care for the pop superstar.

The trial will start on April 2.

AEG Live was promoting Michael's This Is It comeback concerts at The O2 arena in London, but the "Thriller" hitmaker died in June 2009, aged 50, while in final preparations for the shows after Murray administered a lethal dose of the anaesthetic Propofol in Michael's bedroom.


Joe Jackson Drops Suit Against Conrad Murray

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Conrad MurrayMichael Jackson's father has dropped his wrongful death lawsuit against Dr. Conrad Murray.

Joe Jackson filed a request with a Los Angeles court asking for his 2010 suit against the doctor - who was convicted of the involuntary manslaughter of the King of Pop in November 2011 - to be dismissed without prejudice. In the suit, Joe had alleged Murray withheld vital information from the doctors and emergency room staff who tried to save Michael's life on the day he died in June 2009.

Joe claimed Murray wrongfully provided the powerful anaesthetic Propofol and a "polypharmacy" of other drugs to his son just before he died and alleged the doctor asked a security guard to clean the room in which Michael died of medication before police arrived at the Los Angeles mansion.

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