On October 13, 2023, the Plaintiffs in Stiner v. Brookdale filed a Fourth Amended Complaint in this federal lawsuit alleging elder financial abuse, consumer fraud, and widespread violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act by Brookdale Senior Living in its California assisted living facilities.  The Complaint is linked here.  The amended complaint recites the successors in interest to named plaintiffs who have passed away, and lists the barriers to disability access in the six Brookdale facilities where the eight named plaintiffs reside or resided.

The Plaintiffs are eight current and former residents and their successors in interest, and a certified class of residents who use wheelchairs and scooters.  The Certified Class is pursuing claims against Brookdale’s Fleet Safety Policy, which violates Title III of the ADA by requiring residents to transfer out of their scooters or power wheelchairs in order to ride on Brookdale’s vans or buses, denying them equal access to Brookdale’s transportation services because of their disabilities. 

The trial in the case will begin on September 9, 2024 in federal district court in Oakland, California, and is expected to last several weeks.