LOS ANGELES — Attorneys for the doctor charged in Michael Jackson’s death asked a federal judge Wednesday to dismiss the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the singer’s father.
Attorneys for Dr. Conrad Murray argued in a court filing that Joe Jackson’s complaint should be dismissed because the Jackson family patriarch is not a beneficiary of the singer’s estate.
The filings note that he dropped his bid to receive a stipend from his son’s multimillion-dollar estate. Michael Jackson omitted his father from his 2002 will.
Murray’s attorneys also argued that the wrongful death lawsuit is rife with improper arguments and statements that should be stricken.
“At its essence, (Joe Jackson’s lawsuit) is a press-release that is intended to prejudice and inflame the jury pool and the public” against Murray and his medical practice, the lawyers argued.
The motions will be considered by a federal judge during a hearing scheduled for Oct. 18.
Joe Jackson sued Murray on June 25, the one-year anniversary of his son’s death at age 50. His lawsuit claimed the doctor acted negligently by providing the pop singer with a mix of sedatives, including the anesthetic propofol. Murray is a cardiologist who also had practices in Las Vegas and Houston.
The lawsuit is seeking more than $75,000 in damages.
Murray pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in criminal court.
Joe Jackson’s attorney, Brian Oxman, said the lawsuit was properly drafted.
Also Wednesday, Michael Jackson’s mother sued the promoter of what were intended to be the pop star’s comeback concerts for fraud and other claims related to his death.
The complaint accused AEG Live of failing to honor its agreement to provide Murray with lifesaving equipment.
The lawsuit says AEG Live was liable for Murray’s actions.
AEG spokesman Michael Roth said the company has not seen the lawsuit and had no immediate comment.
As the singer’s personal physician, Murray was to be paid by AEG during preparation for the concerts. However, Jackson died before signing the agreement. As a result, AEG has said the agreement was not binding.
Katherine Jackson, who is the guardian of the singer’s three children, also sued on their behalf.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.