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Delgado v. Manor Care of Tucson

Arizona Supreme Court Revises Test for APSA Claim - The Supreme Court has revised the test for determining if an actionable violation of the Adult Protective Services Act has occurred. A.R.S. § 46-451. The court...more

Apology? In Litigation? Really?

by Varnum LLP on

Countless clients have begun our relationship with this simple statement. Why wouldn’t a person who caused an accident resulting in serious injury say this simple thing? There are a lot of reasons. First, the insurance...more

Be Careful With That Power of Attorney!: Arbitration Clauses and Nursing Home Lawsuits

by LeClairRyan on

On May 15, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down its opinion in Kindred Nursing Centers, L.P. v. Clark. This case addressed the issue of whether an agent acting pursuant to a power of attorney could bind...more

Supreme Court Rules Federal Arbitration Act Preempts Kentucky State Law

by King & Spalding on

On May 15, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a Kentucky Supreme Court decision and sided with a nursing home operator regarding an attorney-in-fact’s ability to bind principals to arbitration clauses. The U.S. Supreme...more

Finally, a Win for Long-Term Care Facilities: United States Supreme Court Invalidates Kentucky Rule Singling Out Arbitration...

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Anyone familiar with long term care litigation knows that the number of disputes regarding the use and enforcement of arbitration agreements in the context of assisted living/nursing home admissions has risen sharply over the...more

Supreme Court Holds Federal Arbitration Act Preemption Applies To Contract Formation Rules

by Carlton Fields on

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Kentucky Supreme Court’s use of a clear-statement rule to require that powers of attorney specifically authorize a representative to enter into an arbitration agreement, finding...more

Supreme Court Emphatically Defends Arbitration Agreements from State Interference

by Littler on

On May 15, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court reiterated the principle that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) requires states to treat arbitration agreements just as they treat other types of contracts. In Kindred Nursing Centers...more

No Pre-Emption Exemption - The U.S. Supreme Court and the Kentucky Supreme Court are not kindred spirits with respect to state law...

The U.S. Supreme Court and the Kentucky Supreme Court are not kindred spirits with respect to state law restrictions on arbitration agreements....more

SCOTUS Reverses KY Nursing Home Arbitration Decision; Refuses To Prioritize Right To Jury Trial

Just as I predicted, SCOTUS reversed the Kentucky Supreme Court’s decision in Kindred this morning. The interesting piece, though, is that the seven member majority went out of its way to cut off some of the “on trend”...more

Medication Errors in Nursing Homes Harm Thousands Every Year

When we send our elders to an assisted living facility or nursing home, we expect them to be treated with dignity and given the proper medical oversight to live happy, comfortable lives. Unfortunately, nursing homes cause...more

SCOTUS Accepts Review of Kentucky Nursing Home Arbitration Case

On October 28, the Supreme Court granted a cert petition in a case in which the Kentucky Supreme Court refused to enforce arbitration agreements in nursing home agreements.  (Kentucky recently topped my list of states hostile...more

Nursing homes barred from hiding patient harms behind a dubious legal shield

A 100-year-old woman is strangled by her roommate, but a lawsuit against the nursing home gets blocked from court. Another nursing home dodges a suit when a 94-year-old patient suffers an unexplained and fatal head wound. An...more

Class Rep Can Opt Out of Arbitration for All (And Other Recent State Court Anomalies)

Continuing last week’s theme of “States Gone Wild,” here are three more oddball summer decisions from state supreme courts. All of them find interesting paths around federal case law (IMHO). Georgia Says Class Complaint...more

West Virginia Supreme Court- Medical Power of Attorney Does Not Have Power to Make Binding Legal Decisions for Incapacitated...

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

In May, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia issued a decision in the Wanda Williams v. CMO Management, LLC case. Robert Thompson suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and resided at a nursing facility preceding his...more

The Importance of the Nursing Home Care Act

by Howard Ankin on

To counter the increasing number of nursing home neglect and elder abuse crimes, the Illinois General Assembly passed the Nursing Home Care Act in 2010. Since then, the legislation has been amended and cited numerous times in...more

Ky. Ruling Casts Doubt on Health Care Arbitration Agreements

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Health care institutions in Kentucky may want to take a fresh look at their patient arbitration provisions, in light of a September 24 decision by the Kentucky Supreme Court. Out-of-state institutions may want to take a...more

Health Care Arbitration Agreements: Five Ways to Improve Enforceability

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Common law judicial doctrines in almost every state discourage and restrict arbitration agreements covering personal injury or death claims. This is particularly true regarding admission contracts to nursing homes or...more

Kentucky Supreme Court Compares Giving Up Jury Trial To Giving Up Parental Rights; Refuses To Enforce Arbitration

Nursing home arbitration agreements are among the most unpopular arbitration agreements around.  Last week, Kentucky’s Supreme Court issued a lengthy, but fractured, opinion, finding three arbitration agreements were never...more

Beware! Long Term Care Class Actions are Coming

by Baker Donelson on

Long term care providers beware, class action suits are coming. Due to allegations of chronic understaffing, long term care providers are beginning to face massive class action lawsuits nationwide. The trend began in 2010,...more

Nursing home deaths: When to suspect something isn’t quite right

by Howard Ankin on

Some nursing homes try to offer their residents good personal and medical care, but these reputable facilities are often overshadowed by the lack of care given at many other homes. Nursing homes are notorious for not...more

NJ Appeals Court Upends Nursing Home Negligence Suit

In a decision with far-reaching ramifications for long-term care litigation, the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division held that § 30:13-4.2 of the Nursing Home Responsibilities and Residents’ Rights Act (NHA) does...more

Pennsylvania Nursing Home That Failed To Sign Arbitration Agreement Cannot Seek to Enforce the Agreement

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

On January 15, 2015, the Pennsylvania Superior Court in Bair v. Manor Care of Elizabethtown, PA, LLC 2015 Pa. Super. 9 (2015) ruled that a nursing home arbitration agreement was not enforceable when the facility did not sign...more

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