Assisted living owner pays $40,000 to settle sprinkler suit

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The owner of a Fort Worth, TX, assisted living building will pay $40,000 to settle a lawsuit and cover attorney fees and investigation costs that arose from complaints that the building did not have a functioning sprinkler system for eight months in 2012, the Star-Telegram is reporting.

Westchester Plaza agreed to pay $30,000 in civil penalties to the Texas attorney general's office, and WGH Heritage Inc., Westchester Prime Management and Phoenix Health Resources agreed to pay $10,000 in attorney's fees and investigation costs, according to the media outlet. Payments of $1,333 a month will be made for 30 months.

Westchester Plaza, licensed for 275 residents, reportedly is the state's largest assisted living facility for Medicaid beneficiaries.

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