11 CA Nursing Facilities Sued in Class Action

Garcia, Artigliere & Medby filed a class action lawsuit against the owners of 11 nursing facilities operated and managed throughout California on behalf of Robert Garcia and more than 3,000 class members for conceiving and implementing a plan to wrongfully increase business profits at the expense of the health of residents. The nursing facilities include: Meridian Management Services, LLC; Intelex Enterprises, LLC; Office Smart, LLC; MMS Hesperia, LLC; MMS Green Tree, LLC; Bay View Rehabilitation Hospital, LLC; Blythe Post Acute, LLC; Country Crest, LLC; Knolls West Post Acute, LLC; and Spring Valley Post Acute, LLC.

The complaint alleges that for more than four years the defendants and their licensees defrauded their residents by engaging in malicious and oppressive business practices to wrongfully increase profits at the expense of patients. Each facility was underfunded and understaffed solely for the purpose of financial gain and failed to provide the proper health, care and attention that the residents paid for.

For more than four years, Mr. Garcia and more than 3,000 patients were the victims of financial abuse by not receiving the proper services paid for. Even more egregious was that their lives were placed in jeopardy.

“Mr. Garcia and more than 3,000 patients were fleeced and treated as if they were inanimate objects undeserving of the medical attention that the law mandated they receive,” said attorney Stephen Garcia. “The infirmed had no idea of the substandard living conditions that existed at these facilities and no doubt would have sought care elsewhere if they had known they were at risk.”

As an example of the defendants’ disregard for the welfare of the patients, in the last few years, each facility paid the defendants as much as $1 million for nursing supplies and office supplies, but received little or nothing in return. Instead, the money was used to benefit the defendants.
“Despite repeatedly being cited by the Department of Public Health for deficiencies, the defendants continued to be non-compliant and take advantage of the most vulnerable segment of our society,” continued Mr. Garcia.

The law firm is also seeking an injunction, which would require the defendants to properly maintain staffing levels in accordance with the law.