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Jan 13, 2014 10:56 PM by Connie Murphy

Judge rejects bid for new Michael Jackson trial

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge has refused to grant a new trial in a lawsuit by Michael Jackson's mother against the promoter of his ill-fated comeback concerts.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos ruled Monday that there isn't any basis to re-try Katherine Jackson's suit against AEG Live LLC.

A jury determined in October that AEG Live was not liable for Jackson's June 2009 death despite hiring the doctor who was convicted of giving the superstar an overdose of a powerful anesthetic. Lawyers for the Jackson family matriarch argued that jurors were given an improper verdict form that didn't allow them to consider all issues in the case after five months of testimony last year.

AEG's lawyers argued that there was no mistake in the verdict form.

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