Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Jackson Jet Judgement Overturned

An appeallate court judge has overturned the $20 million judgment awarded to Michael Jackson's former attorney Mark Geragos in a lawsuit against jet company XtraJet. XtraJet faced Federal criminal charges and a civil suit after secretly filming Michael and Geragos on a 2003 flight. The 2nd District Court of Appeal ruled on Monday, January 11, 2009, that the multi-million dollar amount against now-defunct firm XtraJet and its owner, Jeffrey Borer, was excessive. Jackson was filmed in conversation with Geragos while flying on an XtraJet plane from Las Vegas to Santa Barbara, California, to mount a defense against child molestation allegations. Jackson was later acquitted of all the charges in a court of law. XtraJet owner Borer plead guilty in 2006 to federal charges of conspiring to record Jackson. Geragos received $18 million of the $20 million; at Monday's ruling he was told he could either accept a reduced amount of $750,000 in damages or seek a new trial. His attorney Brian Kabateck made a statement to the Los Angeles Times saying, "I think we're going be retrying this case."

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