James Square class action lawsuit moves forward

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It has been a long time coming for former James Square resident and their families.

"It's a nice relief to know someone cares," Tom Reitano said.

A judge is now giving the go ahead for a class action lawsuit to move forward.

For Tom Reitano, this is about justice for his parents, both suffered during their time at James Square.

"The staff that was there tried like crazy, but how do you do it when you don't have enough people to cover," Reitano said.

Reitano would try visiting everyday, all the time concerned about his parents' well being.

Now, the class action lawsuit takes aim at holding the prior owners accountable.

Jeremiah Frei-Pearson represents the residents in the suit.

"I think it's a really important day for them and for their families for them to get justice, and through this class action for their voices to be heard," Frei-Pearson, said.

The class action could involve as many as a thousand residents who lived in the nursing home from August 2014 to present.

Clinton Square currently owns the nursing home and renames Bishop Rehabilitation and Nursing.

The company settled a lawsuit for $495,000, but admits no wrong doing.

Administrators said they are making big improvements.

They have hired 250 new employees and more than half are nurses.

"It's difficulty to inherit a mess, I guess you could say. And all I can say is we're ready to right the ship. And continue to sail it in the right direction," Margaret Mary Wagner, administrator for Bishop Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, said.

Clinton Square said not only are they making staffing changes, they are also getting ready for a major renovation.

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