CMRS and Santen-Hughes File A Class Action Lawsuit Against StoneBridge
Two Cincinnati law firms filed a class action lawsuit today against the owners and operators of a local retirement community, alleging that the retirement community refuses to return deposits to senior citizens who move out of the community.
According to the lawsuit, StoneBridge at Winton Woods, a Mercy Health & Miller-Valentine Group Community, requires senior citizens to pay monthly rent plus a security deposit in excess of $150,000 in order to live in the community. The seniors were promised that their deposits came with a fully refundable, risk-free guarantee. But the lawsuit alleges that many seniors who moved out of the community have waited years for the return of their money and StoneBridge still has not paid it to them.
“We learned that many former residents were dying while waiting years for their money,” said Brian P. O’Connor, a partner with downtown Cincinnati law firm Santen & Hughes. O’Connor and his co-counsel, Matthew A. Montgomery and Michael S. Spillane, both from leading estate planning firm Cornetet, Meyer, Rush & Stapleton, represent the plaintiffs in the lawsuit. “I saw one client waiting desperately, others who had died waiting, and dozens more that might wait forever,” Montgomery commented. “The corporate indifference towards these senior citizens was staggering. The Franciscan Friars of St. John the Baptist gave this land to Mercy Health to be used solely for its ‘Elderly Housing Mission.’ You should ask Mercy Health and Miller- Valentine if that is what is happening here,” Montgomery added.
If you or a loved one is a current or former resident of Stonebridge at Winton Woods, please call our office at (513) 771-2444 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an Individual Consultation to explore your rights