Stiner v. Brookdale Senior Living, Inc. is a proposed federal class action lawsuit accusing Brookdale Senior Living, the largest provider of assisted living for senior citizens and persons with disabilities in the United States, of financial abuse and widespread violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”) and California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act (“Unruh Act”). 

The Plaintiffs are eight current and former residents of six California Brookdale assisted living facilities—Brookdale Brookhurst, Fountaingrove, Hemet, San Ramon, Scotts Valley, and Tracy—and their successors in interest.  Plaintiffs and their families came to Brookdale because they required assistance with activities of daily living, such as medication management, dressing, bathing, toileting, hygiene, food preparation, laundry and transportation.  Rather than finding the care and assistance they needed, they encountered facilities that are systemically understaffed, lacking sufficient caregiver staff to provide the care and supervision for which residents pay Brookdale.  These practices violate the Consumer Legal Remedies Act and laws prohibiting elder financial abuse and unfair business practices.  Brookdale also violates the ADA and the Unruh Act by discriminating against people with disabilities in many ways, including by failing to provide accessible facilities to its residents and by failing to provide sufficient staff to care for residents with disabilities.

On January 25, 2019, the District Court denied Brookdale’s motion to dismiss, finding the ADA applies to assisted living facilities.  Stiner v. Brookdale Senior Living, Inc., 354 F. Supp. 3d 1046 (N.D. Cal. Jan. 25, 2019).  On March 30, 2023, the Court granted in part and denied in part Plaintiffs’ motion for class certification.  In the Order, the Court reaffirmed its prior judgment that the ADA applies to Brookdale’s assisted living facilities, rejected Brookdale’s argument that they do not own or operate the facilities, and certified a 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.

On February 7, 2024, the Court granted in part Plaintiffs’ motion for leave to file a motion for certification of subclasses.  On February 9, 2024, Plaintiffs filed a motion, linked here, asking the Court to certify six facility-based subclasses regarding Brookdale’s failure to provide accessible living quarters and facilities to its residents with mobility and/or vision disabilities at the six assisted living facilities where the named Plaintiffs live or lived.  If Plaintiffs’ motion is granted, current and former residents at these six Brookdale facilities would be permitted to raise claims for violations of the disability access requirements of the ADA and the Unruh Act at trial.  The hearing on the subclass certification motion is set for June 13, 2024 at 2 P.M.

The trial in the case will begin on October 28, 2024 in federal district court in Oakland, California, and is expected to last several weeks.

If you or a member of your family has lived at Brookdale’s Brookhurst, Fountaingrove, Hemet, San Ramon, Scotts Valley, or Tracy assisted living facilities and would like to speak to one of our attorney’s regarding your experience, please call the following phone number and leave a message, or contact one of the attorneys listed below.

855-950-1036

An attorney or paralegal from one of these three law firms representing the Plaintiffs will call you back soon.

Gay Crosthwait Grunfeld
Ben Bien Kahn
Jenny Yelin
Amy Xu
Adrienne Spiegel
Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP
101 Mission Street, Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
Telephone: (415) 433-6830
Facsimile: (415) 433-7104
Email:
ggrunfeld@rbgg.com
bbien-kahn@rbgg.com
jyelin@rbgg.com
axu@rbgg.com
aspiegel@rbgg.com

Kathryn A. Stebner
Brian Umpierre
Stebner Gertler Guadagni & Kawamoto
870 Market Street, Suite 1285
San Francisco, CA 94102-2918
Telephone: (415) 362-9800
Facsimile: (415) 362-8901
Email:
kathryn@sggklaw.com
brian@sggklaw.com

Guy B. Wallace
Mark T. Johnson
Travis C. Close
Rachel Steyer
Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky Wotkyns, LLP
2000 Powell Street, Suite 1400
Emeryville, CA 94608
Telephone: (415) 421-7100
Facsimile: (415) 421-7105
Email:
gwallace@schneiderwallace.com
mjohnson@schneiderwallace.com
tclose@schneiderwallace.com
rsteyer@schneiderwallace.com