Calif. Court Revives Suit Over Nursing Home Staffing Levels

Law360, New York (August 15, 2012, 7:14 PM EDT) -- A California appeals court on Wednesday revived a putative class action accusing nursing home operator Covenant Holdco LLC of intentionally failing to provide adequate nursing staff and falsely advertising its staffing levels, ruling that a state minimum nursing ratio statute could be enforced by private parties.

In a partially published decision, the appeals court reversed and remanded Alameda County Judge Winifred Younge Smith’s June 2011 decision, ruling that the Skilled Nursing and Immediate Care Facility Patient’s Bill of Rights, a state statute, could be enforced by...
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