David Oster is among those who sued the state to block cuts to In-Home Supportive Services. He is pictured to the left with his IHSS provider, Julia Medina, in 2009. Credit: Spencer.
Oster v. Lightbourne is a lawsuit that Disability Rights California, along with co-counsel, filed in federal court to prevent deep cuts to the “In-Home Supportive Services” program, known as IHSS. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Oakland in 2009. Federal Judge Claudia Wilken issued orders stopping cuts to IHSS in 2009, 2011, and 2012. Without those orders, “people could lose something irreplaceable—the ability to remain safely in their homes,” said Judge Claudia Wilken. The judge added that these cuts would also have caused “incredible human suffering.”