By Shannon Carlin
There have been a lot of court cases regarding Michael Jackson’s death, but this latest settlement is the one you should really pay attention to.
According to the BBC, five fans in France who sued Conrad Murray, the doctor who administered a lethal dose of anesthesia to their favorite pop star, have been awarded a small sum for the trauma they suffered following MJ’s death four years ago.
How small a sum you ask? Each of the fans were awarded one euro or roughly $1.36.
Their lawyer, Emmanuel Ludot said the damages were “symbolic” and that these five fans had proven their suffering “with the help of witness statements and medical certificates.”
“As far as I know, this is the first time in the world that the notion of emotional damage in connection with a pop star has been recognized,” Ludot told the AFP news agency. “They have been subjected to ridicule and I am delighted their suffering has been taken seriously by the law.”
The lawyer also noted that these fans—all members of the French-based Michael Jackson Community fan club–would not seek to have the miniscule damages paid by Murray. Murray was released from jail last October after serving two years of a four-year sentence for causing Michael Jackson’s death
Though they did not make millions, the fans hope that their win will help them gain access to Michael Jackson’s grave in Los Angeles. The grave site is currently closed to the public.