Jackson fans awarded 1 euro for grief

04:04, Feb 12 2014
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Michael Jackson attends a press conference to announce plans for a summer residency of concerts at the O2 Arena, Grenwich on March 5, 2009.
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Michael Jackson attends a press conference to announce plans for a summer residency of concerts at the O2 Arena, Grenwich on March 5, 2009.
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n this handout provided by the US Army, Singer Michael Jackson visits a U.S. Army base, Camp Zama on March 10, 2007 in Zama, Japan.
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Singer Michael Jackson receives the Diamond Award during the 2006 World Music Awards at Earls Court on November 15, 2006 in London.
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Singer Michael Jackson performs on stage during the Diamond Award during the 2006 World Music Awards at Earls Court on November 15, 2006 in London.
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Michael Jackson receives the Legend Award during the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards at Yoyogi National Athletic Stadium on May 27, 2006 in Tokyo, Japan.
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Michael Jackson and his family exit the courthouse after hearing the the jury declare him not guilty on all counts in his child molestation trial at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse June 13, 2005.
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Singer Michael Jackson and his father, Joseph Jackson depart courthouse after listening to closing arguements in his child molestation trial at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse June 2, 2005.
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Singer Michael Jackson goes through security as he arrives for closing arguments in his child molestation trial at Santa Barbara County Superior Court June 2, 2005.
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efendant Michael Jackson with sisters LaToya Jackson and Janet Jackson exit the Santa Maria courthouse for break during the evidentiary hearing in the Michael Jackson child molestation case August 16, 2004.
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Atmosphere from outside the Conrad Murray trial, seeking a verdict in the death of Michael Jackson.
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Atmosphere from outside the Conrad Murray trial, seeking a verdict in the death of Michael Jackson.
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Dr. Conrad Murray listens as the verdict in his involuntary manslaughter trial is announced in Los Angeles. Murray was found guilty on Monday of involuntary manslaughter in the pop star's death.
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Michael Jackson's father Joe and brother Jermaine Jackson leave the courthouse after the reading of the guilty verdict in Dr. Conrad Murray's trial in Los Angeles.

A French judge has ruled that five Michael Jackson fans who said they were distraught over his death be paid a total of one euro in "emotional damages" by the entertainer's doctor, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011.

The court ruling in the city of Orleans capped a two-year struggle by a group of 30 French, Swiss and Belgian fans of the pop star for legal recognition of their loss.

Conrad Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for his role in administering an overdose of the surgical anesthetic propofol, which killed the 50-year-old pop star in 2009.

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ONE-DOLLAR-WORTH-OF-GRIEF: Dr Conrad Murray has to pay French Michael Jackson fans.

Murray lost an appeal against his conviction last month but remains out of custody, having been released from a Los Angeles jail last October after serving two years.

"Dr. Murray was ordered to pay one 'symbolic' euro, or $1.34, and that's what we were looking for," the fans' lawyer Emmanuel Ludot said.

The judge considered medical records submitted by the fans before making the decision, Ludot said.

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Ludot said the ruling would be communicated to Murray - who did not attend hearings and was not represented by a lawyer - via diplomatic courier, adding: "But the fight is not about claiming the sum of one euro."

Two of the five fans awarded the payout are French.

Under French law, plaintiffs can bring a case against another party who is neither French nor resides in France as long as they themselves are a citizen.

The fans now plan to contact Jackson's mother Katherine to request permission to visit his final resting place in Glendale, California, Ludot said.

Ludot said all parties in the proceedings, from the judges and lawyers to the French media, had found the case amusing.

"I respected the suffering of the plaintiffs, but the process wasn't easy because of all the sniggering," he added.

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