June 25, 2010
Posted: 06:31 PM ET
(CNN) JUST IN: Michael Jackson's father filed a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court against Dr. Conrad Murray on Friday, the anniversary of the pop star's death, Joe Jackson's lawyer said.
The suit alleges that Murray gave paramedics and doctors false information about the "polypharmacy" of drugs Michael Jackson had been given and hindered efforts to revive him in an ambulance and at UCLA Medical Center, according to a copy of the suit obtained by CNN.
The suit said "other parties responsible for Michael Jackson's death" would be added, but that the plaintiff "has not yet gathered sufficient information regarding their potential liability or responsibility."
A complaint filed by Joe Jackson with the California medical board this month also named AEG, the company that was producing his son's comeback concerts.
Murray was hired to serve as Jackson's personal doctor two months before the London debut of the concerts were set.
The Los Angeles County coroner ruled that Michael Jackson's death was caused by an overdose of propofol, a powerful anesthesia that Murray has acknowledged the pop star used to help him sleep.
Joe Jackson attorney Brian Oxman obtained a court order earlier this year giving him medical records from UCLA Medical Center, where Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009.
The suit also alleges that Murray delayed calling for paramedics for over an hour after he found Jackson not breathing minutes after he injected him with propofol to help him fall asleep. The suit contends Murray used the time to hide evidence of drugs he had been giving Jackson.
When the ambulance carrying Michael Jackson from his home arrived at the emergency room at 1:13 p.m., he was identified as "Soule Shaun," the suit said. He had "no pulse, blood pressure, spontaneous respiration or heartbeat," it said.
Murray, who had taken over control of resuscitation efforts from paramedics, said nothing to emergency room doctors about the propofol or "other drugs" he had given Michael Jackson earlier in the day, it said.
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