Federal Judge Won’t Take on Michael Jackson’s Wrongful Death Case

Michael Jackson’s father Joe Jackson may have to take his son’s wrongful death lawsuit somewhere else after a federal insisted he does not have the authority to hear the case. Joe Jackson unleashed a legal action suit against his son’s personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray in August this year, claiming that he administered a fatal dose of anesthetic Propofol, which led to the singer’s death in June 2009. Joe alleges he was being supported by his son at the time of his passing, a claim which provides him the necessary legal standing to pursue a wrongful death suit. He is said to be seeking damages between $10 million and $500 million for loss of support, emotional distress and “loss of comfort, aid, society and companionship.” At a federal court hearing on Monday, November 1, Jackson’s attorney, Brian Oxman, agreed to dismiss a claim alleging the King of Pop’s rights were violated under the Americans with Disabilities Act – prompting U.S. District Judge John F. Walter to rule the remaining issues needed to be handled in a state court. The federal judge also said he would not delay the case until after the January 2011 criminal trial of Dr. Murray, who has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the “Thriller” hitmaker’s June 2009 death.


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