Joe Jackson, Michael Jackson’s father, has dismissed his wrongful death lawsuit against the singer’s doctor, Conrad Murray, who was convicted of causing his death.
Court filings show that Joe Jackson filed a request for dismissal and that it was granted. No reason was given, but two attorneys working on the case were found ineligible to practice law in the State of California.
The initial lawsuit was filed in June of 2010, one year after Jackson’s death. A federal judge would not hear the case, and it was re-filed in California state court.
Murray’s attorney said Jackson was right to dismiss the lawsuit. The doctor is currently appealing his conviction for involuntary manslaughter.
Katherine Jackson, Michael’s mother, is pursuing a case against AEG Live, the concert company that hired and supervised Murray, claiming that the company was negligent. Murray gave Jackson doses of propofol, a powerful anesthetic, to help him sleep at night, as the singer was preparing for a heavy touring schedule. Katherine Jackson’s case is due to be heard in April.
Joe Jackson’s case claimed that Murray lied to doctors and paramedics about having administered propofol and did not keep proper medical records. Those issues were also raised in Murray’s 2011 criminal trial. The now-dismissed case sought damages for loss of income and support, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009. Despite his unusual personal life and legal battles of his own, he remains one of the most popular musical artists of all time.