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10 Minnesota Nursing Homes Named in Class Action Lawsuit Against Extendicare
Date:10/30/2008

MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A class action lawsuit (Case #08CV5874) against long-term skilled nursing corporation Extendicare and its 10 facilities in the state of Minnesota [see list by city at end of release] was just filed in United States District Court, District of Minnesota, in Minneapolis.

Laura Bernstein vs. Extendicare Health Services, Inc. and Extendicare Homes, Inc. was filed on behalf of Bernstein and all residents who lived in a Minnesota Extendicare facility from Oct. 29, 2002 through Oct. 29, 2008.

The complaint alleges that Extendicare violates the Minnesota Prevention of Consumer Fraud Act by engaging in false or deceptive advertising designed to lure elderly and infirm individuals into believing that they will get the care they need. The complaint contends that in spite of the claims made on Extendicare's websites, in its brochures, and in other promotional materials, it is, in fact, cheating its residents and misrepresenting itself to prospective residents.

"Extendicare facilities are consistently cited by the Minnesota Department of Health Services for being in violation of applicable laws and regulations that result in substandard care for residents and violates their rights," says Minneapolis plaintiff attorney Gale D. Pearson of Pearson, Randall, Schumacher & LaBore. "Yet Extendicare's promotional materials claim that the company offers high-quality, skilled nursing care services and that it maintains quality standards above government regulations."

The complaint points to Extendicare's "Green Flag Policy" and its "24/7 Extendicare Admission Policy" to demonstrate Extendicare's "profit over people" actions. This policy is comprised of three lists: "Green Flag," "Yellow Flag," and "Red Flag." Various medical conditions are attributed to each list.

In the long-term care and nursing care industry the admissions and initial assessment process is one of the most important functions a fac
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