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Jackson family sues concert promoter

2010-09-17 03:34:12 GMT2010-09-17 11:34:12 (Beijing Time)

Michael Jackson's mother filse wrongful death civil suit against AEG Live

And so the Michael Jackson saga continues.

Katherine Jackson, the late pop star's mother, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against AEG Live.

The civil lawsuit accuses the concert promoter AEG of putting its drive for profits above the singer's health.

Michael Jackson died of cardiac arrest in June last year just days before he was set to kickoff a 50-concert lineup in London. The singer was 50.

According to the suit, AEG is liable for the actions of Jackson's personal physician, Dr Conrad Murray, who was under AEG's employ at the time.

The family claims AEG did not do enough to prevent the pop star's death or ensure he had access to life-saving equipment.

Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and is awaiting trial in Los Angeles.

An autopsy showed Jackson died from a lethal dose of an anesthetic commonly used as a sleep aid.

The Jackson family is also suing Kenny Ortega, director of the "This Is It" concert series.

They are seeking unspecified damages for star's death and the emotional trauma to Jackson's eldest son, Prince Michael, who reportedly witnessed his father dying.

Last year Michael Jackson's father, Joe, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Murray but did not name AEG.

News of Jackson's sudden death spanned the globe and prompted soaring sales of many of his hit records after sales had slumped in recent years.

Jessica Gray, Reuters.

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