Emeritus Corp. Assisted Living Hit With $23 Million Punitive Damage Award
Sacramento jury slams assisted living firm with $23 million in punitive damages
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.