Yesterday afternoon the jury in the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial against AEG which would have made them billions of dollars if successful ended up getting them nothing. The jury decided that AEG hired Dr. Murray but that he was competent and that AEG wasn't liable for Michael Jackson's death.
If the family had won then Michael's brothers were going to walk away with more money than they had seen in their collective lifetimes and I get the feeling they would have blown a lot of it. As much money as they did make in their lives they never seem to have any and people are always chasing them down for money and they hide it in various shell accounts so debt collectors can't find it. Janet has money. Michael's kids have money. Does anyone else have any money?
The other problem I have with the suit is they wanted billions of dollars. Michael Jackson barely worked and was so poor he couldn't even afford to buy a house because he spent his money on daily shopping sprees and borrowing against future earnings. I think even if the jury had found for the family they would have been shocked at how low the award would have been.
They think he was worth Thriller money and forgetting there were three decades of Meh in between that success and his death. The kids are going to be worth something because Michael did have a lot of royalties and since the kids can't spend it all right now it will accumulate and they won't start burning through it until they are older.