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Former nursing home owners accept $25 million settlement from state

By WILL ASTOR - 8/22/2012 3:49:02 PM

The former owners of Beechwood Restorative Care Center have agreed to accept $25 million to settle charges that the state unfairly revoked their nursing home’s license in 1999.

The settlement, announced in a special hearing called by U.S. District Judge David Larimer, came as a jury was set to decide what amount should be paid to the facility’s former owners, Olive Chambery and her son Brook Chambery.

The Chamberys sued the state over the 1999 closing in 2002. They won the case in June when the same jury that would have ruled on an award found in their favor. State officials pulled the Beechwood license as payback for challenges they had lodged to regulators’ complaints, the Chamberys contended. 

After the 10-year court fight’s end, Brook Chambery, who had been running the nursing home his parents opened in 1955 when the state shut it down, is now deciding on a future course of action, said his attorney, Kevin Cooman of McConville, Considine, Cooman & Morin P.C.

The settlement closes the door on a painful episode for the Chamberys, Cooman said. In agreeing to the payout, the state “stepped up to the plate” to acknowledge its officials’ past unfair treatment of the nursing home owners, he added. 

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