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Sacramento judge upholds $23 million judgment against Emeritus care facility in woman’s death
Sacramento Bee

First, it was the jury that pummeled the Emeritus senior living corporation for $23 million. Now, it’s the judge – who backed up the panel’s punitive-damage award in a wrongful death and elder abuse civil trial Emeritus lost earlier this year in Sacramento Superior Court. Besides upholding the jury’s decision, Judge Judy Holzer Hersher awarded plaintiffs’ lawyers $4.3 million more in fees and costs. In her final ruling, Hersher wrote that the evidence was there to permit the jury to find the Seattle-based firm guilty of “a high degree of reprehensibility” in the care it provided to 81-year-old Joan Boice.