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Wrongful Death Suit Filed Against Jackson Concert Promoter

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By Laura Strachan, Esq. on September 16, 2010 2:36 PM

Michael Jackson's famous lyric, don't stop til' you get enough seems to apply to the barrage of lawsuits that have been steadily streaming in since his June 2009 death. His mother, Katherine Jackson, has recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Jackson's concert promoter alleging that AEG disregarded the singer's health and safety in the weeks and days before his death, pushing the singer beyond his limits while promoting his This is It concerts. Jackson claims that AEG was only interested in the huge profits the concert series was projected to pull in.

ABC News reports on the basis of the civil suit: "AEG's actions and inactions led to Michael Jackson's death on June 25, 2009. The purpose of the lawsuit is to prove to the world the truth about what happened to Michael Jackson, once and for all." Katherine Jackson alleges that AEG was aware of Michael's delicate condition during the days before his death but did not postpone the physical rehearsals or relax the grueling fifty-concert schedule.

Michael Jackson's death was ruled a homicide by the country coroner, and former personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, is currently awaiting his involuntary manslaughter trial on his role in the death. The latest suit is a completely separate action from Murray's criminal case, although it alleges that AEG insisted Jackson use Murray for his medical needs on the tour. The wrongful death suit asserts a cause of actions for: breach of contract, fraud, negligent hiring and supervision, and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

The wrongful death lawsuit also seeks unspecified damages for oldest son, Prince Michael, who has experienced trauma and emotional distress after seeing his father injured and dying. The Jackson wrongful death suit against AEG will join Joe Jackson's separate wrongful death claim against Conrad Murray. All cases are pending in Los Angeles civil and criminal courts.

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