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Jackson Family V AEG Pre Trial & Jury Selection
« on: February 03, 2011, 05:31:02 PM »
Jackson Family Granted Permission to Sue AEG Live

Michael Jackson's mother can pursue wrongful death lawsuit against the concert promoter

By Matthew Perpetua
February 3, 2011 9:45 AM EDT

Michael Jackson's mother has been given permission to proceed in her wrongful death lawsuit against concert promoter AEG Live. She claims AEG is responsible for the decisions of Dr. Conrad Murray that resulted in the death of her son, because Jackson was rehearsing for a series of concerts in London that were to be promoted by AEG just before he died in 2009.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos denied AEG's attempt to dismiss Katherine Jackson's case in court yesterday, though it was decided that her lawyers would need to show evidence of fraud, negligence and conspiracy to move forward. Palazuelos said that she had doubts about Jackson's conspiracy charges, noting that AEG's desire to have the singer show up for his rehearsals was not inherently wrong or illegal.

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Katherine Jackson's civil case, which was filed in September along with the King of Pop's three children as co-plaintiffs, will have its next hearing on March 22, just days before Dr. Murray stands trial for involuntary manslaughter.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/jackson-family-granted-permission-to-sue-aeg-live-20110203
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Katherine Jackson Drops Conspiracy, distress Allegations Against AEG
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2011, 09:53:30 PM »
..Michael Jackson's mom won't pursue conspiracy, distress allegations against concert promoter

By The Associated Press | The Canadian Press – 14 minutes ago
EmailPrint......LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Attorneys for Michael Jackson's mother have told a judge they will not pursue a civil conspiracy claim in a wrongful death lawsuit against the organizers of the pop singer's planned series of comeback concerts.

A judge previously ruled that Katherine Jackson could not pursue conspiracy and infliction of emotional distress claims against AEG Live without more information.

Attorneys for Katherine Jackson indicated their intentions in a brief filed Wednesday in Los Angeles. The judge rejected AEG's request to dismiss the lawsuit.

Katherine Jackson sued AEG Live in September, claiming the concert giant failed to properly supervise the doctor who later pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in her son's death and pushed him through a grueling rehearsal schedule.

AEG has denied any wrongdoing.
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Judge Rules That Joe Jackson Can Move Forward With Wrongful Death Suit
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2011, 08:10:49 PM »
Michael Jackson's father can move forward with wrongful death suit against son's doctor
Daily News Wire Services
Posted: 03/22/2011 08:47:07 AM PDT
Updated: 03/22/2011 08:54:36 AM PDT


LOS ANGELES - A judge says in a tentative ruling that Joe Jackson can move forward with his wrongful death suit against cardiologist Dr. Conrad Murray over the death of his late pop star son, Michael Jackson.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Johnson issued his preliminary ruling Monday, rejecting defense efforts to have the case dismissed. Johnson is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday before making a final ruling.

"To the extent the matter is intended to be a motion to dismiss, it is denied," Johnson wrote in his one-page tentative decision.

The ruling also criticizes the format through which the defense documents were drawn up, calling it "distracting and confusing" and adding the admonition, "Do not use this method in the future."

The lawsuit filed Nov. 30 seeks unspecified damages against Murray, who has pleaded not guilty in a separate criminal case in which he has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the June 2009 death of the legendary singer.

In the suit, Joe Jackson names Las Vegas' Applied Pharmacy services, which court records show sold Murray propofol in the weeks before his son's death at age 50 that was attributed to acute propofol intoxication.

The pharmacy is alleged to have sold Murray excessive amounts of propofol, a drug typically used in a clinical setting during surgery.

Joe Jackson initially filed a wrongful death claim against Murray in U. S. District Court last June 25. However, a judge declined to hear the case
and said it should be brought in Superior Court.
The complaint alleges Murray was negligent in administering propofol to Jackson and that he did not tell paramedics that he gave the singer the drug.

http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_17671416?source=rss



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Judge Wants More Information From Joe Jackson's Lawyers
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2011, 08:11:00 PM »
Judge Wants More Information From Joe Jackson's Lawyers For Wrongful Death Suit

(CNS) Posted Wednesday March 23, 2011 – 10:35am
A judge said today he wants more information from attorneys before deciding whether Joe Jackson can move forward with his wrongful death suit against cardiologist Conrad Murray over the death of his late pop star son, Michael Jackson.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Johnson issued a tentative decision Monday rejecting defense efforts to have the case dismissed.

After hearing arguments today, Johnson said he wants more information on whether the
current case was filed on time.

The lawsuit filed Nov. 30 seeks unspecified damages against Murray, who has pleaded not guilty in a separate criminal case in which he has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the June 2009 death of the legendary singer.

In the suit, Joe Jackson names Las Vegas' Applied Pharmacy services, which court records show sold Murray propofol in the weeks before his son's death at age 50 that was attributed to acute propofol intoxication.

The pharmacy is alleged to have sold Murray excessive amounts of propofol, a drug typically used in a clinical setting during surgery.

Joe Jackson initially filed a wrongful death claim against Murray in U.S. District Court last June 25. However, a judge declined to hear the case and said it should be brought in Superior Court. Johnson said he wants briefing on whether the case was refiled in Superior Court within the statute of limitations.

The complaint alleges Murray was negligent in administering propofol to Jackson and that he did not tell paramedics that he gave the singer the drug.

Joe Jackson's attorney, Brian Oxman, said he is considering adding additional defendants to the case.

He also told Johnson the suit may eventually be linked with a negligence case filed against AEG Live, the promoters of Michael Jackson's planned 2009 tour, by the singer's mother, Katherine Jackson.

If the two cases are linked, they would both be heard by Judge Yvette Palazuelos because Katherine Jackson's case is the oldest and it is currently assigned to that bench officer.

Copyright © 2011 City News Service

http://www.bhcourier.com/article/Local_News/Local_News/Judge_Wants_More_Information_From_Joe_Jacksons_Lawyers_For_Wrongful_Death_Suit/75269

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Judge Tentatives Rules Joe Jackson Can Move Forward With Murray Negligence Claim
(CNS) Posted Wednesday April 13, 2011 – 3:20pm


A judge tentatively ruled today that singer Michael Jackson's father can move forward with a negligence claim against a Las Vegas pharmacy concerning the death of his son.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Johnson -- who will hear arguments from attorneys tomorrow before issuing a final ruling -- says the details in the suit filed Nov. 30 establish a basic case for negligence against Applied Pharmacy Services.

Joe Jackson's suit alleges company officials shipped propofol to the entertainer's physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, at a residential address in Santa Monica even though they should have known the amounts were excessive and not going to be used for legitimate medical purposes.

Federal regulations prohibit pharmacies from shipping certain drugs like propofol, typically used in a clinical setting during surgery, to a location not registered with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The entertainer died June 25, 2009, at age 50 of acute propofol intoxication.

Lawyers for the pharmacy maintain the company had no obligation to warn the singer of the drug's effects and that Murray's alleged actions caused his death.

The 82-year-old Jackson family patriarch also sued Murray in the same lawsuit, alleging wrongful death.

The physician's lawyers maintain he waited too long to file the case, but Johnson has asked for more information before ruling on a motion to dismiss the part of the case against Murray.

Murray has pleaded not guilty in a separate criminal case in which he is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the singer's death.

Jury selection in his trial is under way in downtown Los Angeles.

Joe Jackson initially filed a wrongful death claim against Murray in U.S. District Court last June 25. However, a federal judge declined to hear the case and said it should be brought in Superior Court.

The complaint alleges Murray was negligent in administering propofol to Jackson and that he did not tell paramedics that he gave the singer the drug.

http://www.bhcourier.com/article/Local/Local/Judge_Tentatives_Rules_Joe_Jackson_Can_Move_Forward_With_Murray_Negligence_Claim/75648

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Judge Mulls Consolidation of MJ Civil Suits
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2011, 07:54:27 PM »
Judge Mulls Consolidation of MJ Civil Suits

(CNS) Posted Wednesday April 27, 2011 – 11:00am

A judge considering Katherine Jackson's negligence lawsuit against AEG Live today said that she wants more time to decide if it should be consolidated with one filed by the late King of Pop's father.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos said she would study the issue. Katherine Jackson's estranged husband, Joe, is suing Dr. Conrad Murray, alleging wrongful death in Michael Jackson's June 25, 2009, death due to complications from an overdose of propofol.


"Maybe it will stay here,' the judge said, "maybe it won't.'


Palazuelos said she wants to talk to presiding Judge Carolyn Kuhl before making a final decision.

Lawyers for Katherine Jackson and AEG Live say they do not want the case linked in any way with a Joe Jackson's case against Murray. Murray is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the singer's death.

Joe Jackson's case -- now before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Johnson -- alleges Murray was negligent in administering propofol to Jackson and that he did not tell paramedics that he gave the singer the drug. Johnson this week denied a motion by Murray's attorneys to dismiss the case on grounds it was not filed on time.

The Jackson family patriarch's lawyer, Brian Oxman, filed a "notice of related cases' with Palazuelos. Oxman said he is agreeable to either Palazuelos or Johnson hearing the case.

Katherine Jackson's suit alleges AEG Live is responsible for the medical decisions made by Murray, who has pleaded not guilty to the involuntary manslaughter charge.

Because Katherine Jackson's is the older of the two lawsuits, Superior Court rules say Palazuelos is the one who makes the decision whether to have both of them before her.

Lawyers for AEG Live say the cases have nothing to do with each other.


"Whereas the vast majority of the factual allegations in Joseph Jackson's complaint concern the day of Michael Jackson's death and subsequent events, the allegations in Katherine Jackson's complaint almost entirely concern events prior to Michael Jackson's death,' the AEG Live court papers state.

Katherine Jackson's lawyers concur, saying in their court papers that her case has "the distinct factual and legal issues of AEG's direct negligence and whether or not it employed Dr. Conrad Murray.'

http://bhcourier.com/article/Local/Local/Judge_Mulls_Consolidation_of_MJ_Civil_Suits/75780

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Katherine Jackson To Manage Wrongful Death Case Filed By Her Husband Joe

(CNS) Posted Tuesday May 3, 2011 – 10:25am
A judge presiding over Katherine Jackson's negligence lawsuit against AEG Live said today she will also manage a case filed by the late King of Pop's father.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos's ruling on Monday does not consolidate the cases into one, but does mean that Joe Jackson's case will no longer be heard by a separate judge.

Joe Jackson is suing Dr. Conrad Murray, alleging wrongful death in Michael Jackson's June 25, 2009, death due to complications from an overdose of propofol.

Katherine Jackson's suit alleges AEG Live is responsible for the medical decisions made by Murray.

Lawyers for Katherine Jackson and AEG Live said they preferred not having the case linked with the other lawsuit.

Joe Jackson's case -- which until now was before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Johnson -- alleges Murray was negligent in administering propofol to Jackson and that he did not tell paramedics that he gave the singer the drug.

Murray is also criminally charged with involuntary manslaughter in the singer's death and his trial was delayed this week from May 9 until September.

The issue of whether the Jackson lawsuits should be assigned to one judge came about when the Jackson family patriarch's lawyer, Brian Oxman, filed a "notice of related cases" with Palazuelos.

Oxman said he was agreeable to either Palazuelos or Johnson hearing the case.

Because Katherine Jackson's is the older of the two lawsuits, Superior Court rules stated that Palazuelos should make the decision whether to have both of them before her.

Palazuelos heard arguments last Wednesday and took the matter under submission.

Lawyers for AEG Live said the cases have nothing to do with each other.

"Whereas the vast majority of the factual allegations in Joseph Jackson's complaint concern the day of Michael Jackson's death and subsequent events, the allegations in Katherine Jackson's complaint almost entirely concern events prior to Michael Jackson's death," the AEG Live court papers stated.

Katherine Jackson's lawyers concurred, saying in their court papers that her case has "the distinct factual and legal issues of AEG's direct negligence and whether or not it employed Dr. Conrad Murray."

Copyright © 2011 City News Service


http://www.bhcourier.com/article/Local/Local/Katherine_Jackson_To_Manage_Wrongful_Death_Case_Filed_By_Her_Husband_Joe/75846

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AEG’s Jackson death lawsuit schedule for September 2012
« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2011, 05:29:08 PM »
Thursday June 2nd, 2011

AEG’s Jackson death lawsuit schedule for September 2012


One of the civil cases relating to the death of Michael Jackson will not be heard in court until September 2012, the judge overseeing the case decided yesterday. By that time the much delayed criminal case against Doc Conrad Murray should have reached its conclusion, which could have an impact on this civil suit.

As previously reported, the late king of pop’s mother Katherine Jackson is suing live music giant AEG Live – promoters of the fated Michael Jackson ‘This Is It’ residency at the O2 dome in London – because they paid the fees of Murray, the medic accused of causing the singer’s death by negligently administering the drug propofol.

Mrs Jackson says that as Murray was hired by AEG to be Jackson’s personal medic while he worked on ‘This Is It’ they should be held responsible for his death. There were also allegations that Murray had been told by AEG bosses to do “whatever it takes” to ensure Jackson was able to attend rehearsals for his London show, the implication being that meant pump him full of medication if necessary.

Murray, of course, denies responsibility for Jackson’s demise, and there are reports his legal reps will claim either Jackson himself, or a mysterious third party, actually injected the shot of propofol that caused the singer’s death. Katherine Jackson’s lawyer Kevin Boyle yesterday admitted the outcome of the criminal trial, now due to take place this September, will have an impact on the civil case.

In particular, if Murray is found liable for Jackson’s demise, then Mrs Jackson’s case will centre not on what caused his client’s son’s death, but on the relationship between AEG and the doctor, specifically whether the medic was an employee of the live music firm. Boyle added that if their case did follow a Murray conviction, then any court hearing in the civil case would be much shorter.

That said, AEG Live’s attorney Marvin Putnam played down the significance of the criminal trial on this civil case. While, obviously, an acquittal of Murray would be helpful to AEG, Putnam would argue that the company’s legal arguments in the civil proceedings – that Murray was chosen by and reported to Michael Jackson directly, that AEG just picked up the bills, and therefore wasn’t responsible for his actions – are strong whatever happens in the Conrad Murray trial this Autumn.

The same LA judge is also overseeing the other civil case relating to the death of Michael Jackson. His father Joe is suing Murray directly, of course.



http://www.thecmuwebsite.com/article/aegs-jackson-death-lawsuit-schedule-for-september-2012/

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Re: AEG’s Jackson death lawsuit schedule for September 2012
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2011, 07:09:02 PM »
Thanks for the update Ben. When I read the whole story and think back of what happened it keeps breaking my heart how everybody saw Michael as a money machine and refused to see the human being, the "man". Worst thing is, nobody seems to have learnt from what happened, they still don't see the vulnarable human being. And with nobody I mean those involved, look at what Joe is doing, look at the business... will people ever learn or are we doomed species ? :confused:
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Re: AEG’s Jackson death lawsuit schedule for September 2012
« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2011, 07:39:05 PM »
I agree Ingrid, and what is worst is that Michael was seen as a commodity from such a young age.  :sad1: I am shocked at the date this is set for, Sept 2012, I guess this Judge must be taking into account any appeals in the criminal case. :no: I had never even thought about the possibility of that.

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New Attorney Joins Team for Jackson Family Wrongful Death Civil Case
« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2011, 09:18:21 PM »
http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/516252

Connecticut Attorney to Represent Michael Jackson's Family - Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder
December 08, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ --


Michael Koskoff, a partner in the Connecticut-based law firm Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder, has joined the legal team bringing a wrongful death case civil suit for the family of Michael Jackson. The suit is against entertainment giant Anschutz Entertainment Group and its concert promotion subsidiary, AEG Live, for the death of the pop icon.

Koskoff joins a Los Angeles law-firm, Panish, Shea & Boyle, in representing members of Jackson's family, including his children Michael Joseph Jackson Jr., Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson, and Prince, as well as their legal guardian, grandmother Katherine Jackson (Michael's mother). Jackson's father, Joseph, is not represented in the suit.

AEG, a corporation that produces and promotes live entertainment, owns and operates concert venues, clubs, theaters, arenas and stadiums, including the Staples Center in Los Angeles where Michael Jackson had been rehearsing for his worldwide concert tour, "This Is It."

Rehearsals for Jackson's long-awaited comeback tour had begun in April of 2009. The legendary singer went into cardiac arrest and died on June 25, 2009.

The suit alleges that AEG had arranged to retain Dr. Conrad Murray, a cardiologist, to serve as Jackson's personal, on-call physician. Murray, 58, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in connection with Jackson's death from a drug overdose. Prosecutors in the criminal case argued that Murray behaved recklessly by using a surgical anesthetic to treat the 50-year-old singer's insomnia and was therefore criminally negligent in the performer's death.

Murray acknowledged giving Jackson Propofol as a sleep aid, but denied any wrongdoing. The powerful anesthetic is normally administered only in hospital settings.

The Los Angeles County coroner blamed Jackson's death on Propofol intoxication and ruled it a homicide.
More than two years after Jackson died, Murray was sentenced to four years in county jail and was required to pay nominal fines as well.

The civil lawsuit filed by Katherine Jackson accuses AEG of negligence in retaining Murray and forcing Jackson to agree to be under his care or to risk having the tour canceled. The suit also alleges that AEG participated in allowing Murray to act without adhering to proper medical standards.

Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder, nationally known for personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability, and class actions, concentrates its practice in handling cases for people who suffer serious personal injury or economic harm. Attorneys from KK&B have been responsible for important changes in the conduct of corporate and government defendants. The firm has offices in Bridgeport, Danbury, New Haven, and Stamford.

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/516252#ixzz1g4RGSUnu

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Re: Jackson Family V AEG Live
« Reply #11 on: February 21, 2012, 08:38:23 PM »
http://www.tmz.com/2012/02/21/joe-jackson-wrongful-death-lawsuit-michael-jackson-katherine-jackson-aeg/#.T0PyKIcaPZU

34 MINUTES AGO BY TMZ STAFF
JOE JACKSON
Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Tossed Out of Court


Joe Jackson screwed up by filing a Michael Jackson wrongful death lawsuit against AEG and Dr. Conrad Murray ... a judge has just ruled.

Joe filed his wrongful death lawsuit AFTER Katherine Jackson filed hers -- on her own behalf and on behalf of the kids.

It's unclear why Joe didn't try to join in Katherine's suit rather than filing a separate one on his own.  It's possible Katherine didn't want him.

Whatever the reason, the judge said you can't have 2 suits that allege the exact same thing, and since Katherine filed first Joe loses.

Joe could now try to horn in on Katherine's legal action -- if she'll let him.

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Re: Jackson Family V AEG Live
« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2012, 08:56:15 PM »
http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/ci_20011277

AEG dropped from negligence lawsuit filed by Michael Jackson's father
By Bill Hetherman City News Service
Posted:   02/21/2012 11:18:21 AM PST
Updated:   02/21/2012 11:35:37 AM PST


LOS ANGELES - The promoters of what was to be Michael Jackson's 2009 comeback tour won a round in court today when a judge granted a motion to dismiss the company from a lawsuit filed by the singer's father.

"This was a major victory," AEG Live attorney Marvin Putnam said of Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos' ruling.

The decision leaves Jackson's former physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, and Applied Pharmacy Services in Las Vegas as the remaining defendants.

Joe Jackson's attorney, Maureen Jaroscak, downplayed the significance of the ruling, saying it was only a temporary setback. She said her client is a "nominal party" in a separate case filed against AEG Live by his wife, Katherine Jackson, but that he was never served with it. Jaroscak said Joe Jackson could now file an answer to his wife's complaint and become a party to the case.

Joe Jackson alleged AEG Live was negligent in hiring Murray. He also alleges Applied Pharmacy Services sold Murray propofol the month before the singer's June 25, 2009, death at age 50.

Lawyers for AEG have denied any wrongdoing by their client, which organized the sold-out London concert tour for which the entertainer was preparing in Los Angeles when he died.

Murray was convicted Nov. 7 of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death and sentenced to four years in prison.

Attorneys for AEG Live questioned in court papers whether 83-year-old Joe Jackson is a lawful heir to the King of Pop under the state's wrongful death statute, noting that Joe Jackson said in interviews that his son never supported him financially.
The singer was frank about his relationship with his father, the AEG Live court papers stated.

"At the time Michael Jackson died, (his father) was estranged from his son, who repeatedly and publicly accused him of physical and other abuse," according to the AEG Live court papers.

But the lawyers said that, even if Joe Jackson could show he was an heir, he should have included his claims within the negligence case against AEG Live brought in September 2010 by Katherine Jackson two months before he filed his own case.

"The law is well-established that all plaintiffs must join together in a single wrongful death action against any given defendant," the AEG Live court papers stated. "AEG Live will not speculate as to why (Joe Jackson) was not joined in, and did not seek to join, Mrs. Jackson's lawsuit."

Joe Jackson could still try and become a party to his wife's case, the AEG Live court papers stated. If he can prove that Katherine Jackson's lawyers improperly left him out of her case, he can ask for damages against her, according to the AEG Live court papers.

In her nine-page ruling, Palazuelos agreed with Putnam that there should be only one wrongful death action and not two.

"Allowing Joseph Jackson to continue with his subsequent suit against AEG Live, alleging the same wrongful death claims as the related case, would contravene the purpose of the one-action rule," Palazuelos wrote. "Indeed, plaintiff's interpretation of the one-action rule would allow the heirs of a decedent to file as many suits as there are heirs."

The judge reiterated her position during the hearing.

"I don't think there's any way around this," she said. "You can't maintain a concurrent action."

Palazuelos scheduled trial of Joseph Jackson's suit for Jan. 28 next year. Palazuelos also is managing Katherine Jackson's case, which is set for trial Sept. 10.

Katherine Jackson alleges in her suit that AEG Live is responsible for medical decisions made by Murray.

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Re: Jackson Family V AEG Live
« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2012, 08:29:58 PM »
http://www.pressparty.com/pg/newsdesk/londonnewsdesk/view/41131/

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 8:24am    by London Newsdesk
Joe Jackson's wrongful death lawsuit thrown out of court


A lawsuit filed recently by Joe Jackson has been tossed out of court after it clashed with one previously registered by his wife, Katherine Jackson.

Joe filed a wrongful death lawsuit aimed at concert promoters AEG, but according to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos he should have just joined the separate suit put in place by Katherine because the law does not favour multiple suits by individual heirs.

Palazuelos explained in an official statement: "Allowing Joseph Jackson to continue with his subsequent suit against AEG Live, alleging the same wrongful death claims as the related case, would contravene the purpose of the one-action rule."

AEG also added that Joe Jackson is not technically an heir to his son Michael's fortune because he is not named in the King of Pop's will, and "at the time Michael Jackson died, (his father) was estranged from his son, who repeatedly and publicly accused him of physical and other abuse."


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Re: Jackson Family V AEG Live
« Reply #14 on: March 02, 2012, 11:27:15 PM »
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/judge-dismisses-concert-promoter-aeg-live-from-lawsuit-filed-by-michael-jacksons-father/2012/02/21/gIQAQxd8RR_story.html

Judge dismisses concert promoter AEG Live from lawsuit filed by Michael Jackson’s father
By Associated Press, Published: February 22

LOS ANGELES — A judge granted a motion Tuesday to dismiss concert promoter AEG Live from a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by Michael Jackson’s father.

City News Service said Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos agreed with AEG attorneys who said Joe Jackson should have joined a separate suit filed by his wife, Katherine. The judge said the law does not favor multiple suits by individual heirs.

She said that to allow Joe Jackson’s suit against AEG Live to go forward would “allow the heirs of a decedent to file as many suits as there are heirs.”

“Allowing Joseph Jackson to continue with his subsequent suit against AEG Live, alleging the same wrongful death claims as the related case, would contravene the purpose of the one-action rule,” she said.

AEG also argued that Joe Jackson is not a legitimate heir to his son’s fortune. The father was not mentioned in the King of Pop’s will.

“At the time Michael Jackson died, (his father) was estranged from his son, who repeatedly and publicly accused him of physical and other abuse,” the AEG Live court papers said.

The decision leaves Dr. Conrad Murray and Applied Pharmacy Services of Las Vegas as the only defendants in Joe Jackson’s suit. Murray is in jail after having been convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson’s death. He says he is broke.

Katherine Jackson alleges in her suit that AEG Live is responsible for medical decisions made by Murray.

AEG Live attorney Marvin Putnam called the ruling a major victory for the entertainment giant. Joe Jackson’s lawyer Maureen Jaroscak called it a temporary setback and suggested that the 83-year-old Jackson might now try to become a party to his wife’s lawsuit.

Michael Jackson died in June 2009 from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol, which Murray was administering to him as a sleep medication.