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Michael Jackson's Mother Sues Concert Promoter

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LOS ANGELES -- Michael Jackson's mother is suing the promoter that planned the King of Pop's ill-fated comeback tour.

Katherine Jackson filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday, claiming AEG Live LLC failed to provide key lifesaving equipment and adequately monitor Dr. Conrad Murray, who was hired to care for the pop star.

Katherine claims AEG did not have her son's best interests in mind and was "merely doing whatever it took to make sure that MichaelJackson could make it to rehearsals and shows..."

The complaint claims that AEG's contract with Michael "created a legal duty for AEG to act reasonably toward the physical well-being of Michael Jackson."

Murray's contract was not included in Wednesday's filing, however, a copy obtained by the Associated Press earlier this year revealed that the doctor requested a heart resuscitation machine and another person with medical training from AEG. The equipment was not in place when Jackson died in June 2009.

Murray has been charged with involuntary manslaughter. He maintains his innocence. The doctor's actions in the hours prior to Jackson's death will be the subject of a criminal trial.

Jackson's comeback concerts sold out in anticipation of his return.

Weeks after Jackson's death, a deal between his estate, AEG andColumbia Pictures resulted in a $60 million deal to rights for thefootage that became the film "This Is It." The estate is slatedto receive 90 percent of the profits of the film.

Since Katherine Jackson and her son's three children are the primary beneficiaries of the pop star's estate, the lawsuit places them in direct conflict with revenue from the film.

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