Jackson Hospital Lawsuit Dropped
A family suing a California hospital for allegedly moving their critically-ill relative to make room for superstar Michael Jackson have dropped the case.
The family of Manuela Gomez Ruiz took legal action against Marian Medical Center in Santa Monica last year (07) for infliction of emotional and mental distress.
They claimed Ruiz, 73, was kept from critical care after suffering a heart attack on the same day Jackson was brought in with flu-like symptoms during his trial for child molestation in 2005.
The lawsuit alleged Ruiz was moved from a double room so the singer could have the entire space to himself.
They also complained of an "outrageous, circus-like atmosphere" in the last hours of her life.
The family had initially sued Jackson, but a judge dropped him from the lawsuit in April (08).
Now the Ruiz family have stopped the case against the hospital because of stress.
Family attorney James MCKiernan, says, "The defendants made it clear that it was going to be bare knuckles to the end.
"I'm representing people who have families and jobs, and the constant stress of this lengthy process was too much."
The court papers requesting the dismissal were filed on 19 August (08). The case was due to be heard next month.
Jackson was acquitted of the child molestation charges in June 2005.