Assisted Living Company Emeritus Corp. Hit With $23 Million Punitive Damage Award

Sacramento jury slams assisted living firm with $23 million in punitive damages

Emeritus operates facilities in Humboldt County.

By Andy Furillo

Published: Saturday, Mar. 9, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

The offer came in late last year – $3.5 million, Eric Boice said, if he, his brother and sister would drop the wrongful death and elder abuse lawsuit they had filed on behalf of their 82-year-old mother, Joan.

“Then,” Boice said in an interview Friday, “nobody would have ever known.”

Instead of making a deal with the Emeritus Corp., the Boice family pushed ahead to trial in its fight against the assisted-living giant.

Friday, a Sacramento Superior Court jury came back with a $23 million punitive damage award against Emeritus, which the jury three days earlier had already found guilty of malice, oppression and fraud in the death of Joan Boice.


Nursing Home Giant Guilty in California Wrongful Death Suit

March 7, 2013 Insurance Journal

“A Sacramento Superior Court jury has returned verdicts of wrongful death and elder abuse against the nation’s largest assisted living company.

The Sacramento Bee reported the trial now enters the punitive-damages phase for Emeritus Corp, a Seattle-based company with annual revenue of $1 billion.”


Guilty Verdict for Emeritus in Wrongful Death Suit

Alyssa Gerace | March 6, 2013 |  Senior Housing News

“Seattle-based Emeritus Corp. was found guilty of wrongful death and elder abuse on Tuesday in relation to its care of a former resident who died shortly after leaving an Emeritus-run senior living community in California.”

Joan Boice was an 82-year-old who passed away three months after moving into a nursing home in 2008, following her stay at Emeritus at Emerald Hills in Auburn, Calif. By the time she moved, reports the Sacramento Bee, Boice, who had Alzheimer’s disease, had at least four major pressure ulcers believed to have been a significant factor in causing her death.

The jury on the case voted unanimously against the company on 12 out of 15 questions on the two jury forms, including voting 12-0 that Emeritus employees failed to use reasonable care in providing for Boice’s hygienic, mental health, and safety needs.”



Date: 03-09-2013

Case Style: Joan Bice by and through her successor-in-interest v. Emeritus Corporation

Case Number: 2009-00063714


Emeritus has senior living – assisted living facilities in Fortuna CA, Red Bluff CA, Yreka CA, Ashland OR, Eagle Point OR, Grants Pass OR, Klamath Falls OR, and 19 facilities in the Santa Rosa / Sacramento area.

map of national Emeritus Corp. facilities:



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