Thursday, February 09, 2006

Los Angeles Courthouse Access Settlement

Eve Hill from the Disability Rights Legal Center sent along a press release about a recent settlement of courthouse access litigation in LA. Here's the first couple of paragraphs:

The Disability Rights Legal Center, (formerly Western Law Center for Disability Rights), announced today that U.S. District Court Judge Dickran M. Tevrizian approved a landmark settlement on Tuesday, January 31st in Miles v. County of Los Angeles, Case No. CV 02-03932 DT (JTLx). The Settlement requires Los Angeles County and the Los Angeles Superior Court to make substantial changes to improve the accessibility of the 51 Los Angeles Superior court courthouses.

The approval of the settlement represents a major victory for people with disabilities. Over three and a half years ago, plaintiffs Deborah Miles, Betty Wilson, and David Geffen filed a lawsuit on behalf of all people with mobility and manual dexterity impairments, asserting that Los Angeles’ superior courthouses are wholly inaccessible to people with disabilities, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and California law.


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