Jenni Rivera's widower has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the owners of the jet which crashed and killed the singer in 2012. The 43-year-old pop star died, along with six others, when the private plane they were travelling in went down in Mexico, and now her estranged husband has launched a legal battle with the Learjet's owners.
Former Los Angeles Dodgers baseball player Esteban Loaiza filed a wrongful death lawsuit at Los Angeles Superior Court, according to Billboard.com.
Rivera split from the former sports star before her death and filed for divorce just two months before the crash.
The lawsuit takes aim at the firm which owned the plane, Starwood Management, and its parent company, Rodatz Financial Group, and seeks unspecified damages.
Singer Romeo Santos is set for an extra special night at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards after landing 17 nominations in 14 categories on Wednesday (05Feb14). The Odio hitmaker is up for Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Tropical Albums Artist of the Year and Producer of the Year, among other top awards, for tracks released from his upcoming album Formula Vol. 2.
Meanwhile, Prince Royce has landed 16 mentions and Marc Anthony picks up 15. All three stars will compete for the Artist of the Year title alongside the late Jenni Rivera, who is up for eight awards.
Daddy Yankee and Enrique Iglesias are nominated for seven trophies and Mexican singer Alejandro Fernandez and La Arrolladora Banda El Limon De Rene Camacho are both nominated for six.
The Billboard Latin Music Awards will take place in Florida in April (14).
Jenni Rivera's daughter has recorded a song in honour of her late mother. Janney 'Chiquis' Rivera, who was reportedly estranged from the star at the time of her fatal 2012 plane crash, debuted the track, titled Paloma Blanca (White Dove), on her YouTube.com channel.
The song is a tribute to the late Mexican star and opens with the words, "You don't know how much I miss you... today I miss your laugh. From a star you take care of me."
Superstar singer Rivera died when the private jet she was travelling in crashed in Mexico in December, 2012.
Latin actors Edward James Olmos and Gina Rodriguez have remembered their late Filly Brown co-star Jenni Rivera on the first anniversary of her death. The singer/actress passed away on 9 December, 2012, after the Learjet she was travelling in crashed in Mexico, killing four members of her entourage and the plane's two pilots.
Monday (09Dec13) marked the anniversary of the tragedy and the co-stars of her debut film, independent drama Filly Brown, have shared their thoughts and feelings.
Recalling Rivera's generosity on the set of the movie, which screened at Utah's Sundance Film Festival last year (12), Olmos tells People.com, "We were working with a very tight budget and no one was getting paid. Jenni found out that our still photographer was working with no pay and asked that her pay cheque go to him. She was always trying to help others. I miss her so much!"
Meanwhile, Rodriguez reveals she has been keeping Rivera's memory alive every day for the past 12 months, saying, "I remember everything about Jenni. I've spent the past year doing everything in my power to not forget a thing. She was a powerhouse. From her soft-spoken voice, when you first met her, to her informal, tender, love and care when she takes you in.
"Jenni was everything her fans believed she was - she was everything they wanted her to be: open, honest, loving, real, humble, talented, a down a** chick and, most importantly, a voice for those that didn't have a voice. I pray I can one day be a fragment of what she was and what she still remains. Her heart never left and it's with the utmost honour that I get to share these words of a heart I truly admired and adored."
Mexican authorities investigating the crash declared last week (ends06Dec13) that technical problems and possible pilot error were to blame for the accident.
Authorities in Mexico blamed technical problems and possible pilot error for the plane crash that killed Latin singer Jenni Rivera last year (12). The 43-year-old star perished along with four members of her entourage and two pilots when the Learjet she was travelling in crashed in Mexico on 9 December, 2012.
Officials at Mexico's General Civil Aviation Administration have now published a report into what caused the accident, just days before the first anniversary of the tragedy.
A "series of factors" have been pinpointed as possible causes, including the age of the plane, which was more than 40 years old, but the aircraft was too badly damaged for conclusive findings, according to the report.
The investigation also mentioned the age of the pilots - one was 78, and the other just 21 - as possible risk factors, and revealed the plane suffered a "sudden and abrupt lack of control" which caused a sheer vertical drop. This could have been caused by mechanical failure, according to the findings.
The report ruled out weather conditions, or a fire/explosion onboard the plane as possible factors in the crash.
The owners of a private plane carrying Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera when she died last year (12) have lost their bid to have a wrongful death lawsuit filed against them dismissed. Two pilots and five passengers, including the star, perished on 9 December, 2012 after the Learjet crashed in Mexico.
The families of Rivera's publicist, Arturo Rivera, make-up artist, Jacobo Yebale, hairstylist, Jorge Armando Sanchez Vasquez, and attorney, Mario Macias Pacheco, joined forces in January (13) to sue operators at Starwood Management Inc. for damages in a Los Angeles court.
The defendants argued they were not subject to jurisdiction in California as the crash occurred in Mexico, and they requested the case be thrown out.
But a judge ruled in the plaintiffs' favour on Thursday (14Nov13) and gave them the green light to go ahead with the legal battle, because the plane was registered in the U.S., where officials from the National Transportation Safety Board are having the wreckage examined as they aid an investigation by Mexican authorities.
Tragic singer Jenni Rivera's estranged daughter Janney is set to portray her mum in a new biopic. The project will serve as 28-year-old Janney's acting debut and she is reportedly taking singing and acting lessons in order to perfect her portrayal.
She tells Univision, "It would be an honour to portray my mother in a movie."
Her mother perished in a plane crash in December (13), aged 43. At the time of her death Rivera had fallen out with her oldest daughter amid reports of a blossoming romance between her and the singer's ex-husband, former baseball player Esteban Loaiza.
Sin City star Rosario Dawson and legendary guitarist Carlos Santana were among the stars feted at the annual American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) Awards in California on Friday (27Sep13). The actress and the rocker were presented with the Outstanding Commitment to Cause and Community Award for their philanthropy at the ceremony, which celebrates Latin entertainers.
Taking to the stage, Dawson told the audience at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, "I accept this award knowing that despite continuous challenges, new and old ones, challenges which could easily dampen the most optimistic of hearts, we have strived, we have pleaded and we have given it our all to push through those obstacles because the grand and attainable visions we have for ourselves and our communities far outweigh any challenge that come (sic) before us."
Other ALMA Award recipients included the Latino cast members of U.S. TV drama Dexter, and Dawson's Sin City director Robert Rodriguez, who took home the Anthony Quinn Award for Industry Excellence.
The prizegiving, hosted by Eva Longoria and Mario Lopez, also featured a special tribute to Jenni Rivera, who died last December (12) after her plane went down in Mexico.
The owners of a Learjet private plane that crashed in December (12) killing Mexican singer Jenni Rivera are challenging a wrongful death lawsuit filed by four families who lost their loved ones in the tragedy. The Dejame Volver Contigo hitmaker passed away on 9 December (12) after the plane went down in Mexico, killing two pilots and five passengers.
In January (13), the families of Rivera's publicist Arturo Rivera, make up artist Jacobo Yebale, hairstylist Jorge Armando Sanchez Vasquez and attorney Mario Macias Pacheco filed a lawsuit against Starwood, Rodatz Financial Group McOCO, Inc. asking a Los Angeles court to determine damages. Jenni Rivera Enterprises, which booked the plane is also listed as a defendant.
Representatives from McOCO, Inc. claim they are not subject to jurisdiction in California, because the crash was in Mexico and they have requested the lawsuit is thrown out or set aside.
Attorney Paul Kiesel tells Billboard.com, "Defendants are challenging the lawsuit on procedural grounds rather than dealing with the tragic loss of life that resulted from the crash of their poorly maintained and improperly operated 43-year old Learjet."
A separate lawsuit filed in March (13), on behalf of Isabel Carrero Gomez, the widow of the plane's pilot is also being challenged. The lawsuits have been consolidated and will be considered by the same judge.
A court date has been set for 6 September (13).
Gerardo Ortiz and late singer Jenni Rivera lead the nominations for the third annual Billboard Mexican Music Awards. Ortiz picked up 14 nods in 13 categories including Artist of the year, Songs Artist of the Year and Albums Artist of the Year.
Rivera, who was killed in a plane crash in December (12), follows with 10 nominations in eight categories including Artist of the Year, Female; Albums Artist of the Year and Songs Artist of the Year.
Other multiple nominees include La Arrolladora Banda el Limon de Rene Camacho, who are are up for seven awards, including Artist of the Year; Artist of the Year, Duo or Group, and Songs Artist of the Year, and Roberto Tapia, Voz de Mando and Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizarraga who are all tied with six nominations.
The Billboard Mexican Music Awards will take place on 9 October (13) at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California.