US judge drops bosses from Jackson death lawsuit
LOS ANGELES, California (AFP) - The judge in Michael Jackson's family's lawsuit against promoters AEG Live dismissed on Monday claims against two two executives accused over the 2009 death, leaving their firm as sole defendant.
Judge Yvette Palazuelos ruled that Jackson lawyers have not proved claims that AEG Live chief executives Randy Phillips and Paul Gongaware could be held responsible for the singer's death.
The trial, in which the late pop icon's mother Katherine Jackson accuses AEG Live of negligently hiring the doctor convicted over his death, started in April, and could wrap up later this month.
Phillips and Gongaware were named as defendants, along with AEG Live as a company. Both have faced grillings earlier in the trial at the Los Angeles Superior Court.