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THE STAR TREATMENT

Michael Jackson's mom seeks $40 billion

Wrongful death civil trial expected to last 3 months

(GUARDIAN) — The life and death of Michael Jackson will be played out once again in a Los Angeles court on Monday as a jury hears opening statements in the wrongful death suit brought by Jackson’s family against concert organiser AEG Live.

The $40bn civil trial is expected to last three months. Singers Prince and Diana Ross, producer Quincy Jones and fitness guru and actor Lou Ferrigno are among the potential witnesses. The singer’s ex-wives, Lisa Marie Presley and Debbie Rowe and two of his children, Prince, 16 and Paris, 15, are also expected to testify.

The lawsuit, brought by Jackson’s 82-year-old mother Katherine on behalf of the singer’s three children, accuses privately-held AEG Live of negligence in hiring Dr Conrad Murray as Jackson’s personal physician.

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