On June 25, 2009, Michael Jackson died after suffering a cardiac arrest due to a lethal combination of prescription drugs that included the anesthetic propofol. Because of this, in September 2010, Katherine Jackson, Michael Jackson’s mother, filed a wrongful death suit on behalf of herself and Michael Jackson’s three children against concert promoter Anschutz Entertainment Group Live (AEG). The lawsuit alleges that AEG is responsible for the medical decisions made by Dr. Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson’s physician, because AEG paid Dr. Murray for Michael Jackson’s care. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos recently denied AEG’s motion to dismiss the case. However, Judge Palazuelos also said that to succeed in their claim against AEG Katherine Jackson’s attorneys would be required to present evidence of fraud, civil conspiracy and negligent infliction of emotional distress against AEG.
Judge Palazuelos further said that there was nothing in the Complaint that indicated civil conspiracy. Specifically, according to Judge Palazuelos, “If the object was to get him to rehearsals, I don’t see that as a wrongful or illegal act.” In response to the Complaint, AEG’s attorney, Marvin Putnam stated “It’s not foreseeable that Michael Jackson or anyone else was going to die in their own home of propofol.” AEG’s attorneys further stated that AEG “did not choose to hire Dr. Murray,” rather, AEG intended only to retain “him as an independent contractor.” The next hearing in this case is scheduled for March 22nd 2011.
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for a person to pass away as a result of an overdose of prescription medication. If someone you love has passed away while taking prescription medication, you may have a valid wrongful death claim and should contact the Phoenix law firm Oracle Law Group P.C. The Phoenix attorneys at Oracle Law Group P.C. are dedicated to representing those who have lost a family member due to another’s negligence. In addition, the Phoenix wrongful death attorneys at Oracle Law Group P.C. are well prepared to handle even the most complex cases, and the wrongful death attorneys at Oracle Law Group P.C. have the experience and resources necessary to vigorously pursue their client’s claims. Further, the wrongful death lawyers at Oracle Law Group P.C. will conduct a thorough investigation of your claim in order to recover the maximum compensation possible to assist you in this incredibly difficult time.