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Docket: Health


Case Name: Johnson v. Kindred Healthcare

Court: Mass. App. Ct.    Docket: 2012-P-1403

Read Summary AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Issue: Can a nursing facility enforce a pre-dispute arbitration clause against a family member suing for wrongful death when the family member signed admission agreement pursuant to statutory authority as health care proxy?

Case Name: Keller v. Life Care Centers of America

Court: Cir Ct. for Green County, Tenn.    Docket: 14-cv-500

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Case Result: The matter was settled to the client's satisfaction. 

Case Name: Kindred Nursing Ctrs v. Clark

Court: U.S. Supreme Court    Docket: 16-32  

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: The U.S. Supreme Court invalidates Kentucky Supreme Court rule requiring power of attorney (PoA) documents to specifically grant PoAs the authority to consent to arbitration. 

Case Name: King v. Burwell

Court: U.S. Supreme Court    Docket: 14-114

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: Under the Affordable Care Act individuals may receive federal tax credits to pruchase health insurance on an exchange established by the federal government.

Case Name: Lamictal Direct Purchase Litigation (In re) [King Drug of Florence v. SmithKline Beecham]

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 3d Cir.   Docket: 14-1243

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: The third circuit reversed the district court's decision that, because the "pay for delay" agreement between manufacturers of generic and name-brand Lamictal did not involve a payment of cash, it was not subject to scrutiny under antitrust laws.

Case Name: Levine v. Ventura Convalescent Hospital

Court: Superior Court of Ventura, CA    Docket: 56-2011-00406719

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Case Issue: Does nursing facility's failure to ensure informed consent before administering medication to nursing facility residents violate the California Patient Bill of Rights?

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Find cases in which AFL has advocated in courts nationwide for the rights of older persons, and filed AARP’s amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs that help courts decide precedent-setting cases. The cases within the drop-down categories below are in alphabetical order for ease of searching.

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Legal Advocacy

Our legal advocacy initiatives  - conducted by AARP Foundation Litigation (AFL) - reflect nearly 20 years of work in federal and state courts across the country. Through our efforts, we support the Foundation’s four impact areas: Tackling Senior Hunger, Paving the Way to Stable Income, assuring the adequacy and availability of Safe and Afffordable Housing and Reconnecting People to Families and Communities, and ensure that those 50 and older have a voice in the laws and policies that affect their daily lives.