December 2010

Times-Standard - 2010's Biggest Trial Verdict

Journalist Matt Drange of the Eureka Times-Standard covered the Lavender v. Skilled Healthcare jury trial, writing in depth in a three part series the stories underlying the class action law suit against Skilled Healthcare.  Drange noted that it was the longest civil trial in Humboldt County history, and the $677 million verdict was the largest trial result in the United States in 2010.

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New Rules May End Nursing Homes Hide and Seek

NEW RULES ON CORPORATE DISCLOSURE MAY SPELL THE END OF HIDE AND SEEK BY NURSING HOMES

In recent years thousands of nursing homes across the nation have been purchased by large Wall Street private equity companies.  Unfortunately, the pattern has been that, once purchased, the private investors cut expenses and staff often below the legal minimum requirements.

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Skilled Healthcare Settlement Approved by Court

Settlement in Skilled Healthcare suit has been approved by court and praised by nursing home reform advocates.

On December 1, 2010, the Times Standard interviewed The Janssen Law Firm's Lead Trial Lawyer Timothy Needham about the Humboldt County Superior Court's Final Approval of the Settlement in the Skilled Healthcare Lawsuit.   The $677 million dollar jury verdict was the largest award ever given by a Humboldt County Jury.

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Income Taxation of Trusts and Estates

Please remember if you are the successor trustee of a decedent’s estate you will have the responsibility of filing the decedent’s final federal income tax return for the tax year ended on the date of the decedent’s death.  If the decedent was married at the time of death, the successor trustee may file a joint return with the surviving spouse for the decedent and the surviving spouse.  If the surviving spouse remarries before the end of the year of the decedent’s death, a joint final return may not be filed.

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