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Michael Jackson's father, Joe Jackson, has dropped his wrongful death lawsuit against Dr. Conrad Murray in a rare break for the imprisoned physician.

The suit was dismissed at his request. Murray's attorney, Valerie Wass, said:

"I was pleased ... It was always my opinion that Joe Jackson lacked standing to bring this action, and that eventually the case would be dismissed."

Joe and Connie

The case was dismissed without prejudice, meaning Joe can refile the lawsuit if the circumstances allow. Not sure how they would change, but so be it.

The 84-year-old Jackson family patriarch sued Murray in June 2010, adding concert promoter AEG Live and a Las Vegas pharmacy as plaintiffs.

Now that the former doctor was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to four years in jail, Joe apparently felt more at ease.

He initially claimed Dr. Conrad Murray and others were negligent in failing to provide adequate care, treatment, diagnosis, and resuscitation.

MJ died in June 2009. "As a result of that failure, Joe Jackson was deprived with the loss of companionship of his son," the suit charged.

Companionship. We're sure that's what he's feeling deprived of.

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Dr. Conrad Murray wants Joe Jackson's wrongful death lawsuit thrown out, and he may get his wish, thanks to Joe being bat$h!t insane a statute of limitations.

The embattled doc's lawyer has filed a motion to dismiss Joe's lawsuit, claiming he missed the one-year filing deadline and the claim should be tossed ASAP.

Charles Peckham claims Joe's lawyer, Brian Oxman, filed the lawsuit 158 days after the one-year deadline. There's also a matter of viability on its own merit.

How do you choose sides here?

Because Michael deliberately did not leave money to Joe in his will (his mom, his kids and charities will split it all), Joe's entitlement claims may be a stretch.

In other words, look for a dismissal one way or the next. We don't know exactly when, but when it's thrown out, Terry Henderson will be pumped for Conrad.

Good thing, too. Murray has enough on his plate, pending trial for involuntary manslaughter and all. No need to battle a frivolous lawsuit from some clown.

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Joe Jackson is, once again, filing a lawsuit against Dr. Conrad Murray, alleging the physician is responsible for the wrongful death of Michael Jackson.

Note that this has already been thrown out by a federal judge.

Undeterred and relentless in his pursuit of a big ass payday justice, Joe Jackson has refiled the very same lawsuit in L.A. County Superior Court.

Dr. Conrad Murray hasn't escaped Joe Jackson just yet.

Joe says Dr. Murray was negligent in administering the Propofol that killed the singer and is also suing Applied Pharmacy Services in Las Vegas.

That's the place he claims sold the drug to Conrad Murray, who also faces criminal charges. His defense is likely to be that MJ killed himself.

The Jackson family patriarch is seeking a modest $500 million for the trouble Murray has caused in claiming the life of the late King of Pop.

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Okay, our headline above is a bit misleading. Joe Jackson did not say this verbatim, but reading between the lines a bit ... that's pretty much exactly what he said.

On the same day as Michael Jackson's "Breaking News" hit the Internet, his family continues to make news for reasons entirely unrelated to his musical legacy.

Joe Jackson simply will not go away.

As part of Oprah's controversial interview with Michael Jackson's folks and kids, Joe says he never beat MJ ... he used a strap. And y'know what? He'd do it again.

Sounds to us like splitting hairs. Unless you're on the business end, in which case you're getting whooped, no matter the terminology. What an awful person.

You can follow this link to watch Oprah, who was as surprised as we were that Joe even showed his face, call out Joe. We'll have the full interview up ASAP.

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The late Michael Jackson's father, Joe Jackson, is suing Dr. Conrad Murray for the wrongful death of his son, and to compensate him for the loss of MJ's support.

He's seeking the modest sum of half a billion dollars.

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Joe says the sum is within "the realistic range of provable damages," broken down as 20 percent for loss of support, 40 percent for emotional distress and the other 40 percent for "loss of comfort, aid, society and companionship."

GRIEVING DAD: Joe Jackson is crushed by the lack of comfort he feels with Michael gone. He used to beat his "companion" so hard. There's such a void now.

For his part, Dr. Conrad Murray says he's currently broke and can't settle a lawsuit in any way because his insurance company refuses to cover him. He also says he won't sit for a court deposition until after his criminal case runs its course.

Murray faces involuntary manslaughter charges in MJ's death. Being deposed as part of a civil lawsuit would violate his Fifth Amendment privileges.

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Randy Jackson, the late Michael Jackson's brother, is seriously pissed about his parents' interview with Oprah. Why? Because he says O had it out for MJ.

After Joe and Katherine Jackson invited Oprah Winfrey out to the Jacksons' family compound in Encino, Calif., for an interview, Randy Tweeted his disapproval.

Michael, Prince and Paris Jackson

RJ thinks Oprah tried to put his brother in jail and that she tried to blatantly use her influence to poison the jury in the Michael Jackson molestation trial.

Michael and Randy Jackson were always close.

Randy recalls Oprah doing a show about pedophilia during jury deliberations for his brother's famous molestation case, and, as he puts it, "That was no coincidence."

Randy says O "is the last person on earth [Michael] would want around his children" and had no idea the interview, which he calls a bad mistake, was going on.

If true, he makes a valid point. The air date for the interview is not yet known, but we have a hunch at least one family member won't be glued to the TV set.

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Oprah Winfrey may have just lost Oksana Grigorieva, but she's landed another celebrity interview scoop: Katherine and Joe Jackson sat down with her this weekend.

The parents of Michael Jackson will appear in a taped segment for O's show.

The Late King of Pop

Katherine and Joe Jackson have an interesting relationship.

It looks like O's interview has went down, too, although it's not clear when it will be televised. Production trucks for Oprah's show were parked outside of the Jackson family compound in Encino, Calif., for the better part of Saturday.

Oprah can be seen meeting with several family members and getting the tour of the house while doing an interview focused heavily on (guess) Michael Jackson.

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The embattled Dr. Conrad Murray is challenging a lawsuit filed against him by the father of the late Michael Jackson - and asking why another doc isn't a defendant.

Murray is going after Michael's longtime physician and friend, Dr. Arnold Klein, claiming Klein is at least partly to blame for the singer's untimely, June 2009 death.

As such, Murray says, Klein should be named in Joe Jackson's wrongful death lawsuit. MJ's mother and kids also filed suit against AEG, Michael's concert promoter.

Dr. Conrad Murray (left) is putting some of the blame on Dr. Arnie Klein.

Dr. Murray was on AEG's payroll, serving as Michael's personal physician at the time of his death. Conrad faces involuntary manslaughter charges in criminal court.

His legal declaration today comes in response to Joe Jackson's decision not to name Dr. Arnold Klein as one of the physicians allegedly responsible for MJ's death.

Murray claims: "Dr. Klein may have been medicating Michael Jackson up until or even beyond June 18, 2009, less than one week before Michael Jackson's death."

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In his wrongful death lawsuit against Dr. Conrad Murray, Joe Jackson claims Michael Jackson's personal physician staged an intervention a week before he died.

Together with concert promoter AEG, Dr. Murray went to Michael Jackson's home on June 18, 2009 for a "drug intervention," according to the late icon's father.

The significance of this? While it sounds like a good thing that they tried to help the star, Joe says it's proof that Murray was reckless and over-medicated him.

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Joe Jackson is going after Dr. Conrad Murray in court.

The suit claims during the meeting AEG demanded Michael stop seeing the ever-present Dr. Arnold Klein, and "stop taking the drugs Klein gave to him."

Klein, Michael's friend, dermatologist, and rumored father to his children, and recently made headlines commenting on MJ's gay affair with Jason Pfeiffer.

In any case, AEG was pissed at Klein, and wanted Michael to "take only the medications given by Conrad Murray." But we know how that worked out.

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Joe Jackson, father of the late Michael Jackson, is feeling disrespected.

His lawyer, Brian Oxman, says his client has not been treated with "dignity and worth" so far by the judge in the Michael Jackson probate case.

Oxman filed papers with a California appeals court, claiming the probate judge was wrong in shutting down Joe's attempt to 86 MJ's executors.

Close friends John Branca and John McClain have been administering MJ's estate at the late icon's request, and as specified in his last, valid will.

Joe's attempts to score cash have been repeatedly struck down by them, as have his attempts to have them removed by the judge in the case.

Joe Jackson: One of the all-time characters.

The trial judge ruled Joe Jackson had no legal standing to object to the duo, since Joe himself was intentionally excluded by MJ as a beneficiary. Rough.

Oxman claims Joe was dependent on his son and should have a right to object to the appointment of men making the financial decisions for the Estate.

Although Joe is alleging various misdeeds by the executors - fraud, embezzlement, whatever he can make up next - he's doing more harm than good.

A lawyer for Michael Jackson's kids - Paris, Prince and Blanket - claims Joe is actually harming them with the "procedural wrangling." Margaret Lodise says Joe only cares about his stake and, therefore, he's "the ultimate dog in the manger."

Ouch. The truth hurts, doesn't it?

Michael Jackson Biography

Michael Jackson mug shot Michael Jackson was the King of Pop, with the best-selling album of all-time and more than a dozen massive hits. After years of physical... More »
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Gary, Indiana
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Michael Joseph Jackson
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