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O’Melveny’s Victory for AEG Live Among Daily Journal’s Top Defense Verdicts of 2013February 12, 2014
Daily Journal's Top Verdicts issue recognized O’Melveny’s trial victory for AEG Live in Jackson et al. v. AEG Live LLC as one of the top defense results of 2013. The highly publicized wrongful death trial examined whether AEG live was responsible for hiring Jackson’s doctor and liable for the singer’s death. The matter is detailed in a February 12, 2014, feature that quotes Century City partner Marvin Putnam regarding the case. The defense team was "painstaking about showing the jury the full picture,” he said, adding that "[w]hen plaintiffs only told them about one sentence in an email, we gave them the full email chain.” As the article reports, a Los Angeles jury ruled 10-2 that the promoter did not negligently hire the doctor, absolving AEG of any liability.
Putnam led the O’Melveny team, which also included Los Angeles partners Tad Allan and Sabrina Strong, and Century City counsel Jessica Stebbins Bina and Kathryn Cahan.