Michael Jackson's Legal Problems May Outlive Him
So while Jackson has passed away, many of these cases are still living. What will happen to these lawsuits now?
We checked in with some litigators, including a few who had represented Jackson or handled lawsuits against him.
As with everyone who dies during litigation, Jackson's legal troubles may still survive the singer's passing.
Plaintiffs still have the right to pursue their claims, and whether they choose to pursue them will largely depend on what's in dispute.
The least likely to remain active are the lawsuits that will be tough to prove without any direct witness examination of Jackson himself. This runs the gamut from personal injury complaints at Jackson's old "Neverland" estate to copyright infringement allegations to the lawsuit filed just two days ago concerning the planned Michael Jackson reunion tour.
That said, we'll probably continue to read about the cases involving collections on Jackson's massive debts. His estate will become the nominal defendant in such actions, which will largely depend on auditing of financial books and old contracts rather than any eyewitness testimony. (Assuming, of course, that these lawsuits don't claim any oral promises.)
Jackson's reunion tour held the prospect of garnering hundreds of millions of dollars that may have gone a long way to repaying Jackson's debt. Now, of course, the stakeholders in that tour could initiate additional lawsuits trying to recoup their investments.