Michael Jackson Fans Sue His Doctor

French fans seek compensation for 'emotional damage'
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2012 1:34 PM CST
Dr. Conrad Murray sits in court after his involuntary manslaughter conviction in the death of pop star Michael Jackson on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011 in Superior Court in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Mario Anzuoni, Pool)
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(Newser) – Michael Jackson fans in France are suing the late pop singer's doctor over emotional distress, AFP reports. "It's similar to losing a childhood friend in a traffic accident," says lawyer Emmanuel Ludot, who is representing about 100 grieving fans against doctor Conrad Murray. "Because this death affects you, you have the possibility to file a suit and seek compensation."

Each fan filing the suit for "emotional damage" could legally win up to $13,000 from Murray, who was found guilty in November of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death—but Ludot's clients are seeking only a symbolic euro in damages. The case will be be heard on April 11 in the city of Orleans. (Read more Conrad Murray stories.)

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