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Case Name: Strausberg v. Laurel Healthcare Providers

Court: NM Supreme Court    Docket: 33,331

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Issue: Should a nursing facility have the burden of proving that an arbitration agreement between it and a nursing facility resident was not unconscionable?

Case Name: Thorpe v. District of Columbia

Court: U.S. Ct. App. D.C. Cir.    Docket: 14-8001

Case Issue: Was the court's finding of commonality in support of certification of the class clearly erroneous?

Case Name: Thorpe v. District of Columbia (formerly known as Day v. District of Columbia )

Court: U.S. Dist. Ct. D.C.    Docket: 1:10-cv-02250-ESH

Read Summary, Renewed Motion for Class Certification Exhibits (PDF), DOJ Statement of Interest Class Certification (PDF), Reply to Class Cert Opp (PDF), Memorandum Opinion, Class Certification (PDF)   

Case Issue: Is D.C. violating the ADA by failing to make available services and support in appropriate, integrated community settings to disabled persons residing in Medicaid-funded nursing facilities, which thereby results in unnecessary institutionalization?

Case Name: U.S. ex rel. Colquitt v. Abbott Labs

Court: U.S. Dist Ct. ND Tex.    Docket: 06-cv-01769-M

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Case Issue: Did Defendants defraud Medicare and Medicaid by causing hospitals to submit false claims for medical devices that were implanted into patients for uses that FDA has not approved?

Case Name: Univ. of Utah Research Found. v. Ambry Genetics

Court: U.S. Ct. App. Fed. Cir.  Docket: 14-1361

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Issue: Are patents (method claims) that give a company a monopoly on testing genes invalid?

Case Name: Univ. of Utah Research Found. v. Ambry Genetics

Court: U.S. Dist Ct. Utah    Docket: 2:13 cv 00640 RJS

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief

Case Result: Court denied request for preliminary injunction to block alternate genetic tests, finding that plaintiff was not likely to succeed on merits.

Case Name: Valley View Health Care v. Chapman

Court: U.S. Dist Ct. ED Cal.    Docket: 13-cv-00036-LJO-BAM

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: Statute that prevented arbitration of nursing facility residents' claims under the Patient Bill of Rights violated Federal Arbitration Act.

Case Name: Valley View Health Care v. Chapman

Court: U.S. Dist Ct. ED Cal.    Docket: 13-cv-00036-LJO-BAM

Read Summary and Memo in Support of Intervenors' Motion for Leave to Intervene (PDF)

Case Result: Motion to intervene to defend the California statute challenged by nursing homes as preempted by the Federal Arbitration Act denied as state could adequately represent the interest of proposed intervenor.

Case Name: Virginia Office for Protection & Advocacy v. Stewart

Court: U.S. Supreme Court   Docket: 09-529

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: The state agency can sue its sister agency to facilitate its federal mandate to protect people with disabilities.

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Our legal advocacy initiatives  - conducted by AARP Foundation Litigation (AFL) - reflect more than 15 years of work in federal and state courts across the country. Through our efforts, we support the Foundation’s four priority areas: Hunger, Income, Housing and Isolation, and ensure that those 50 and older have a voice in the laws and policies that affect their daily lives.