Michael Jackson’s dad refiles wrongful death suit against son’s doctor

December 1st, 2010 by Staff

Source: The Money Times — Joe Jackson, father of the late pop star Michael Jackson, on Tuesday filed a new wrongful death lawsuit against the doctor charged in his son’s death and his medical clinics, according to online media reports.

The lawsuit added as a defendant a Las Vegas pharmacy that sold the physician a powerful anesthetic during the month before the singer’s death, according to The Associated Press.

Joe refiles suit
An attorney for Joe filed the suit Tuesday in the California Superior Court in Los Angeles County against Dr. Conrad Murray and companies with which he is affiliated.

Dr. Conrad Murray has pleaded not guilty in the separate criminal case of involuntary manslaughter.

Joe had filed a similar lawsuit against Dr. Murray this June, but a federal judge threw it out of court earlier this month, prompting the singer’s father for Tuesday’s filing. That suit didn’t include the pharmacy.

Wrongful death lawsuit
The new lawsuit, filed by attorney Brian Oxman, alleges that Dr. Murray wrongfully provided the propofol, a powerful anesthetic used to put surgical patients to sleep, and other drugs to the legendary pop star before his death.

“This has been a long process and the facts of Michael’s death have been way too slow in emerging,” AP quoted Oxman as saying. “There is still much to discover and we’re going to find it out.”

Joe had filed a similar lawsuit against Dr. Murray this June, but a federal judge threw it out of court earlier this month, prompting the singer’s father for Tuesday’s filing. That suit didn’t include the pharmacy.

The lawsuit also names Applied Pharmacy Services in Las Vegas which sold the drug to Murray, according to court records.

What Joe claims?
In legal papers Joe Jackson Joe alleges that the physician was negligent in administering the Propofol that killed 50-year-old Jackson, and he did not tell paramedics or an emergency room doctor that he had given the singer the drug.

He also claims that Murray tried to hide evidence by having a security guard clean the room that MJ died in before the police arrived at the residence.

Murray was hired as Jackson’s personal doctor while the singer rehearsed for his comeback concerts. He previously admitted giving the pop star propofol as a sleep aid, but his attorney claimed the amount was much smaller than what was found in the singer’s body during the autopsy.

Joe’s lawsuit also alleges negligent hiring, training and supervision and negligence against the clinics and negligence against the pharmacy and Murray.

The suit names Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, and his three children: Paris, Prince and ‘Blanket’ as “nominal plaintiff parties,” and asks for unspecified damages and court costs.

The King of Pop Michael Jackson was found unconscious and not breathing on June 25 in his $100,000-a-month rented mansion in Holmby Hills. The singer died later that day at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles following cardiac arrest.


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