London insurers to see Jackson medical records

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Insurers for Michael Jackson's ill-fated London comeback shows can study some of the star's medical records, a US judge ruled Thursday, in a ruling that could effect a payout over his death.

Lawyers for the King of Pop's Estate will get access to the records from medical providers and can show them to lawyers from Llord's of London, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Malcolm Mackey ruled.

Lloyd's, which is resisting paying out on a $17.5 million policy because it did not know that Jackson was taking drugs before his 2009 death at the age of 50, filed suit against tour promoter AEG in June.

Attorneys for the Jackson estate and for Lloyds will both decide which of the medical records are relevant to the case and ask Mackey to mediate in any dispute.

The legal move came days after Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray was jailed for the maximum four years following his conviction for involuntary manslaughter over the King of Pop's death. He is expected to serve less than half of the sentence due to California laws linked to overcrowding and budget concerns.

A six-week trial heard evidence from a number of witnesses about the various drugs Jackson was allegedly taking at least in the months before he died, including the anesthetic propofol.

Jackson died on June 25, 2009 from an overdose of propofol and other sedatives, administered by Murray in an attempt to help the star sleep while in Los Angeles, where he was rehearsing for the "This is It" comeback shows.

The trial also heard claims that Jackson, battling to resurrect his career from child molestation charges that left him with huge financial debts, stood to make $100 million from the planned 50 comeback concerts.

© 2011 AFP

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