A class action lawsuit against California's biggest nursing home provider is demanding the investigation of dozens of institutions, alleging neglect and abuse. Brius Healthcare Services and its 43-year-old owner are the defendants in the case. In 2012, the owner and his brother were recipients of the UCLA ICON Award for Visionary Leadership in Business and Philanthropy. That same year, Larry King, who praised the man's philanthropic actions and business acumen, also interviewed him.
Understaffing is at the core of the lawsuit. The plaintiff alleges that BHS failed to disclose the understaffing at 57 nursing homes when admitting residents, according to the 90-page lawsuit. The lawsuit seeks to force them to report suspected or actual cases of neglect or abuse that occurred over the last three years. The plaintiff also has requested that the judge in the matter order BHS to survey the nursing home residents quarterly to ensure the absence of mistreatment. The suit is seeking damages and class certification for fraud, consumer law violations, violation of residents' rights and unlawful business practices.