Michael Jackson’s Father Refiles Wrongful Death Claim


Michael Jackson’s father has refiled a wrongful death lawsuit against Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician charged with the pop singer’s death. Applied Pharmacy Services, a Las Vegas pharmacy, has been added as a defendant to the claim.

Joe Jackson, Michael’s father, initially filed the wrongful death claim in federal court. However, the judge decided the case did not fall under federal jurisdiction, and he refused to hear the case. As a result, Jackson has refiled the claim in state court.

The wrongful death claim seeks an unspecified damage amount from Dr. Murray, who has been charged with negligent medical care in relation to Michael Jackson’s death. Dr. Murray is also facing a criminal case in association with Jackson’s death. He has already pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter charges in that case.

Applied Pharmacy Services sold propofol, a powerful anesthetic, to Dr. Murray just before Jackson’s death. The lawsuit charges the pharmacy with selling excessive amounts of the drug to Dr. Murray. Typically, propofol is administered in a hospital, not by a private physician. Investigators have determined that the pharmacy’s sale of propofol to Dr. Murray adhered to legal guidelines.

Jackson’s June 2009 death was attributed to porpofol intoxication. The coroner classified it as a homicide. Dr. Murray’s attorneys claim that he did not administer any medication to Michael Jackson that would have resulted in his death.