The operator of 18 Southern California skilled nursing homes is paying former residents $2 million to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging substandard care of elderly patients. Approximately 4,000 people are part of the class and attorneys estimate that only about a fifth of those people are still alive. The lawyers stated that the suit was to improve the care the elderly received at these nursing homes. The homes were allegedly plagued by chronic under-staffing and insufficient training while brochures were claiming the homes had wonderful, superlative care. This fraud greatly angered the patients and their relatives. The settlement requires a monitor which will inspect five of the eighteen nursing homes randomly each year. Hopefully, these monitors will help decrease elderly abuse and fraud. To read the full story, click here.