Michael Jackson is no longer named as a defendant in a lawsuit that alleges intentional infliction of emotional and mental distress by Jackson, Marian Medical Center and Catholic Healthcare West.
The suit was filed by the family of Manuela Gomez Ruiz, a Santa Maria woman who died at the hospital in February 2005.
Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville granted a demurrer Tuesday that was filed by Jackson's attorney, Timothy Gorry.
The lawsuit alleged that the hospital moved Ruiz, while she was being treated, to make space for Jackson to be examined when he was brought to the hospital in 2005.
Ruiz died at Marian Medical Center shortly after she was reportedly moved to another hospital room to make room for Jackson.