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Joe Jackson's Wrongful Death Lawsuit

6/25/2010 7:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

UPDATE: The wrongful death lawsuit has been stamped by the federal clerk.

TMZ has obtained Joe Jackson's wrongful death lawsuit against Dr. Conrad Murray that Joe's lawyer, Brian Oxman, will file today -- Joe asks for unspecified damages in connection with the death of Michael Jackson.  And, the lawsuit lists Katherine Jackson and Michael's three kids as "nominal" plaintiffs.


The lawsuit does not name AEG, though Oxman has alleged the company that produced "This Is It" was at least partly responsible for Jackson's death.   

Oxman does not explain what he means when he lists Katherine and MJ's kids as "nominal" plaintiffs.  He clearly does not have authority to sue on behalf of the children.

According to the suit, "Mr. Jackson believes there are other parties responsible for Michael Jackson's death but has not yet gathered sufficient information regarding their potential liability or responsibility."  The suit says the complaint will be amended when sufficient info is gathered.

TMZ obtained a copy of the complaint, which will be filed in federal court this morning. In the complaint, Joe alleges Dr. Murray withheld vital information from the doctors and EMTs who were trying to save Jackson's life -- information that he had administered Propofol.

The complaint -- much like the intent to sue document TMZ first broke -- states that Murray tried to "clean-up the scene" before EMTs arrived.

Something new ... Murray told cops he was monitoring Michael when he gave him Propofol with a pulse oximeter, which measures the level of oxygen in a patient's blood.  But according to the suit, when police searched the scene, they found the oximeter "in the closet in the next room."

The complaint alleges Dr. Murray felt he could change his story -- from Jackson had no drug problem, to Jackson was addicted to Propofol -- because he kept no medical records, as required by California law.

The complaint alleges Joe Jackson has suffered more than $75,000 in damages, the minimum amount required to get jurisdiction in federal court.  The case was filed in federal -- not California court -- because Dr. Murray's residence is outside the state.

The suit claims Dr. Murray administered a "polypharmacy" of drugs to Jackson for months before his death.

Interestingly, Oxman does not allege in the lawsuit -- like he did in the notice to sue -- that Dr. Murray was at a strip club, drinking, hours before Jackson died.

The complaint says Jackson had a week pulse while he was being worked on at UCLA.  The strong intimation -- had Dr. Murray told UCLA doctors that Propofol was a factor, they could have taken steps to save Jackson's life.

And something else that's interesting.  It was widely reported that Joe Jackson introduced Michael to Dr. Murray in Las Vegas, after Jackson needed a doctor for his children in 2006.  But in the lawsuit, it says, "Defendants Murray, Acres Home (Murray's clinic in Houston) and Global (Murray's clinic in Nevada) solicited Michael Jackson to take care of his individual health needs."

And this sidenote -- When Jackson was taken to the UCLA Medical Center on June 25, he was admitted under the alias, Soule Shaun


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Once again you’re absolutely right. It amazes me that some fans can’t see that Joe is only doing this to get money for HIMSELF. He’s the only Plaintiff named in this lawsuit. So if the Court rules in favor of the Plaintiff, Joe and ONLY Joe will receive the money!! Katherine and MJ3 are merely named as “NOMINAL” plaintiffs. Nominal plaintiffs are included in a lawsuit because of a technical connection with the matter in dispute so the Court can decides all issues and make a proper judgment. Nominal plaintiffs have NO right to money recovery. So if Joe is awarded money via this lawsuit, none of that money can go to Katherine or MJ3.

125. FANS, come on, I want justice for Michael just as bad as the next fan but all Joe is after is MONEY! Civil court ONLY awards punitive damages (in this case Joe is asking for $75,000). He could care less about MJ Justice. Same thwith contesting the Will. All Joe wants is to put his greedy paws on MJ's

1584 days ago


hmm , Michael left Joe the only one to be able to fight without losing anything. Vindictive or smart like a fox? Don't let them rest Joe. Yeah yall its about Money. billions of dollars. Left to the Estate- with lawyers who can charge what they want when they want. Joe get this money back to your family where it belongs.

1584 days ago


If Joe Jackson and the attorney can prove that murray and others were at fault than I pray they show it and sue if they want to because thats what others would do if it was their family member. The DA needs to look into this more than what he is doing because there are a lot more individuals involved than murray. DA needs to prosecute the women involved and whoever cleaned the room up as well. Hope they all fry by Gods hands.

1584 days ago


I know its MJ'S anniversary death ! Whatever ! But to have your whole website surrounding him is a little much. The guys dead who cares. The kids, the Dr, The Family, The lawsuits. BORING !!!!!!!!!!!

1584 days ago


@ Phantom of the opera



1584 days ago


134. I know its MJ'S anniversary death ! Whatever ! But to have your whole website surrounding him is a little much. The guys dead who cares. The kids, the Dr, The Family, The lawsuits. BORING !!!!!!!!!!!

Posted at 1:25 PM on Jun 25, 2010 by Eddy


1584 days ago


now DR Murray could have dropped that bottle and it rolled under the bed or on the floor the postion bottle landed is important well think about it if he was rushing to clean up scene in a panic .

1584 days ago


Joe can be a slime ball at times, but I honestly think he is set on getting the truth. 'No matter what' MJ's death was very suspicious and the truth needs to come out. TMZ please start investigating and bring us the truth. Not lies and inconsistent stories. We need hard facts now. Please, Harvey you are a fan. Please. You will be more thought of for it. Thank you. Soule Shaun... hmmmmmmmm......... Cheers for that.

1584 days ago


Thanks again Phantom...

1584 days ago


134. I know its MJ'S anniversary death ! Whatever ! But to have your whole website surrounding him is a little much. The guys dead who cares. The kids, the Dr, The Family, The lawsuits. BORING !!!!!!!!!!!

Posted at 1:25 PM on Jun 25, 2010 by Eddy


Posted at 3:50 PM on Jun 25, 2010 by blackbutterfly

LOL! Seriously! If you not 'interested' then 'Beat It'(Ar-Ar-ARRRrr!). Biggest global entertainment icon in history so devoting this site(which btw, 'THIS' SITE has made quite the TIDY PROFIT OFF THIS MAN OVER THE YEARS, IN 'NEWS' STORIES!) to MJ is definitely appropriate & DESERVING!

It's called 'supply & DEMAND' Eddy! If there wasn't a 'demand' for this 'news' today then TMZ wouldn't be doing this. It's a tribute befitting the status of his celebrity & level of fame. This IS afterall a 'celebrity website' & nobody was BIGGER THAN MJ:)

What would YOU like to read about Eddy? Ya wantin' MORE Jessie James? 'MORE' Lilo? American Idol??? SNOOKIE???? Good grief.

Since your not enjoying yourself Eddy, perhaps give TMZ & your 'celebrity surfin' a REST & go to the library & check out a book? How 'bout going to your local museum of natural history?

POINT IS: MICHAEL JACKSON EARNED 'THIS' TODAY! No other celebrity has contributed so much r/e both the musical legacy he left behind, the enjoyment & entertainment he gave to us to enjoy in the past & for generations to come, in the racial barriers he tore down(which btw have directly benefitted all people, of all races on this PLANET!), in the amount of money he has contributed thru the years to MANY causes-he's given thousands of everyday people like you & me, opportunities they wouldn't have had without his help. He's also given children 'life' thru his charitable donations-a chance at life they would NEVER HAVE HAD OTHERWISE.

Therefore, I don't think devoting this site to MJ for one day is really something that ANYONE can say is 'undeserving'.

1584 days ago


I don't think Joe Jackson cares that Michael is dead... he cares that his meal ticket is gone. This is just another way for him to make more money.

1584 days ago


Joe Jackson makes me sick! He really needs to stop trying to profit from his son, whether in life or in death. Michael made it very clear in his will that he was to receive nothing.

1584 days ago


31. Wow. Great lawyer... first page and already a typo! It should be "guardian ad litum" and "ad itum".
Posted at 6:38 AM on Jun 25, 2010 by legalnitpicker
No's ad litem. You're both wrong. And that's not considered a typo...just ignorance/bad spelling.

1584 days ago


Joe needs to stop all the suits. He just wants money. Michael cut him out of his will for a reason. He abused his kids and now is trying to make money any way he can. DISGRACEFUL

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