Architectural Barriers

American Council of the Blind of New York, Inc., v. The City of New York

June 19, 2018

On June 27, 2018, DRA, on behalf of the American Council of the Blind of New York (“ACBNY”) and two individual plaintiffs, filed a landmark class action lawsuit against the New York City Department of Transportation. According to the suit, New York City violates federal law by failing to systematically implement audible and tactile pedestrian … Continue reading “American Council of the Blind of New York, Inc., v. The City of New York”

Bloom et al v. City of San Diego

June 8, 2018

On April 30, 2020, the Plaintiffs in the Bloom case, who previously sued the City of San Diego over two city ordinances that penalize vehicle habitation, requested a temporary restraining order preventing the City from enforcing these ordinances during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Plaintiffs also asked the Judge to order the City to allow them … Continue reading “Bloom et al v. City of San Diego”

Cole, et al. v. County of Santa Clara, et al.

July 28, 2017

Disability Rights Advocates represents Santa Clara County Jail inmates with mobility disabilities in litigation against Santa Clara County. Currently, there are no housing areas at the County Jails compliant with federal or state accessibility standards, and much of the rest of the County Jails have some sort of architectural barriers. Accordingly, some inmates report suffering … Continue reading “Cole, et al. v. County of Santa Clara, et al.”

Center for Independence of the Disabled New York (CIDNY) v. Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) (S.D.N.Y.)

April 25, 2017

This case challenges the MTA’s failure to maintain the few elevators that exist in New York City’s subway stations. DRA has a second, related case challenging the MTA’s failure to install elevators in all stations. On April 25, 2017, DRA filed a class action lawsuit against the New York City Transit Authority (“NYCTA”) and the … Continue reading “Center for Independence of the Disabled New York (CIDNY) v. Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) (S.D.N.Y.)”

Center for Independence of the Disabled New York (CIDNY) v. Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) (N.Y. State Supreme Court)

April 25, 2017

This case challenges the MTA’s failure to install elevators at all New York City’s subway stations. DRA has a second, related case challenging the MTA’s failure to maintain the few elevators that currently exist. On April 25, 2017, DRA filed a class action lawsuit against the New York City Transit Authority (“NYCTA”), Metropolitan Transit Authority … Continue reading “Center for Independence of the Disabled New York (CIDNY) v. Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) (N.Y. State Supreme Court)”

Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled (BCID), et al., v. New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy

March 21, 2017

On March 16, 2017, DRA filed a class action lawsuit against the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy for their failure to make the Franklin Delano Roosevelt (“FDR”) Memorial accessible for persons with mobility disabilities. The obstacles include a flight of stairs at the very … Continue reading “Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled (BCID), et al., v. New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy”

Disabled In Action of Metropolitan New York (DIA) v. The City of New York

October 27, 2016

Disability Rights Advocates filed a class action lawsuit against the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and the City of New York in October 2016 on behalf of four individual plaintiffs who were unable to get into NYPD precinct stations to make crime reports, attend community safety meetings, or otherwise access the services provided at … Continue reading “Disabled In Action of Metropolitan New York (DIA) v. The City of New York”

Westchester Independent Living Center, et al. v. SUNY Purchase, et al.

July 26, 2016

Court preliminarily approves settlement improving the accessibility of the State University of New York at Purchase Campus. If you are a SUNY Purchase College student or visitor to the Purchase College campus who has a disability impacting your mobility please see this information: https://bit.ly/2VZuNnE . On September 14, 2021, Judge Cathy Seibel of the United … Continue reading “Westchester Independent Living Center, et al. v. SUNY Purchase, et al.”

Center for Independent Living, Inc. (CIL), et al. v. Wal-Mart

July 14, 2016

In today’s challenging economy, many Americans are shopping at stores like Wal-Mart that offer low prices, convenience and affordability.  These stores are central to activities of daily living for millions of people.  Yet many of these retailers knowingly place point-of-sale machines beyond the reach of patrons with disabilities who use wheelchairs and scooters.  This compromises … Continue reading “Center for Independent Living, Inc. (CIL), et al. v. Wal-Mart”

Center for Independence of the Disabled New York (CIDNY), et al. v. City of New York, et al.

July 14, 2016

In July 2014, DRA and Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP filed a class action lawsuit against the City of New York challenging widespread, dangerous curb ramps and inaccessible pedestrian routes throughout New York City neighborhoods in Lower Manhattan, where a number of critical services, including government buildings, centers for civic participation, offices, and other … Continue reading “Center for Independence of the Disabled New York (CIDNY), et al. v. City of New York, et al.”