Michael Jackson’s Doctor Told to “Beat It”

Side note: Medicus Insurance Co. tells the doctor blamed in the death of Michael Jackson to “beat it”. Medicus, the issuer of Dr. Conrad Murray’s medical malpractice insurance policy, recently reported that it will not cover Dr. Murray’s defense costs because the case stems from criminal wrongdoing. Murray is charged in Los Angeles with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly administrating propofol to Jackson just prior to his death. The manslaughter charge is in addition to a civil suit for wrongful death brought by Jackson’s father. Authorities in Texas, California and Nevada are also seeking to suspend Dr. Conrad’s medical license for separate incidences.

The Associated Press

HOUSTON — An insurer for the doctor charged in Michael Jackson’s death has asked a judge to rule that it is not responsible for the physician’s legal bills in two high-profile court cases and fights to retain his medical license.

Medicus Insurance Co. argues that Dr. Conrad Murray’s medical malpractice policy doesn’t cover his defense costs because the cases stem from alleged criminal wrongdoing, according to documents filed Wednesday in state court in Houston. Murray’s policy, which was purchased roughly a month before Jackson’s death in June 2009, did not cover incidents involving general anesthesia, the company argues.

Murray faces an involuntary manslaughter charge in Los Angeles, where authorities accuse him of administering a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol to the pop star in the bedroom of his rented mansion.

The criminal case is just one of the legal challenges Murray faces. He has been sued by Jackson’s father for wrongful death in federal court in Los Angeles, and authorities have sought to either suspend or limit his medical license in Texas, California and Nevada. One of Murray’s clinics is in Houston.

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