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Judge orders $25 million bond in class action lawsuit against major nursing home chain Beverly Enterprises

A class action lawsuit against Beverly Enterprises was filed in Arkansas on May 1, encompassing all residents of the facility from Sept. 13, 2000 through June 30, 2004.

Circuit Judge John Norman Harkey has ordered the Batesville Nursing and Rehab post a $25 million bond the judge considers necessary in order to provide proper security.

The lawsuit alleges malpractice and ordinary negligence and was supported by testimony from a doctor who has practiced medicine in Batesville, Arkansas for about 40 years. The doctor testified that there was a pervasive smell of urine and feces at the facility and the underlying problem appears to be the uncleanliness of the facility and inadequate patient cleaning.

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