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Crime & Courts

Case management meetings set for Bria of Geneva's 6 wrongful death lawsuits

Attorneys scheduled to meet with judges in August

BRIA of Geneva
BRIA of Geneva

GENEVA – The six wrongful death lawsuits filed against Bria of Geneva have case management conferences scheduled this month.

Attorneys for the nursing home company in two cases have filed court papers seeking jury trials and an extension of time to respond to the lawsuits.

The families of Marion Heotis, Carol Orlando, Lucille James, Helen Osucha, Jack DeFrancesco and Rose Doneske are all suing Bria of Geneva, at 1101 E. State St., Geneva, alleging that the nursing home failed to contain the coronavirus pandemic by hiring enough staff and taking precautions, leading to each person’s death from the virus. Each seeks more than $50,000 in damages and a jury trial, court records show.

In a statement, Bria responded that the lawsuits are baseless.

Attorney Michael Lenert, of Meyers and Flowers in St. Charles, is representing five of the plaintiffs. Lenert said that an initial case management meeting with the judge is to have attorneys of both parties advise the court the status of the case.

“It’s to tell (the judge) about the case and where things are,” Lenert said.

Conferences are scheduled on Aug. 3, 4, 12, 25 and two are scheduled on Aug. 18 before Kane County Judges Susan Clancey Boles, James Murphy, Mark Pheanis and Kevin Busch, court records show.

Attorney Anne Oldenburg of HeplerBroom LLC in Chicago, filed court papers as the attorney of record for Bria of Geneva in the case of Osucha and James.

Oldenburg’s filings also seek a jury trial and an extension of time to Sept. 1 to respond to the lawsuits.

Oldenburg did not immediately return a voice mail message seeking comment.

Illinois Department of Public Health listed Bria of Geneva with 26 deaths and 135 cases of the coronavirus.

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