Bloom et al v. City of San Diego
On November 15, 2017, a group of homeless people and advocates sued the city of San Diego, arguing that two city ordinances–one prohibiting living in vehicles and the other prohibiting nighttime RV parking–violate federal law. The suit, filed in the Southern District of California, points out that the city’s high rents and scarce shelter space […]
Cole, et al. v. County of Santa Clara, et al.
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 […]
Center for Independence of the Disabled New York (CIDNY) v. Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) (S.D.N.Y.)
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 […]
Center for Independence of the Disabled New York (CIDNY) v. Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) (N.Y. State Supreme Court)
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 […]
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
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 […]
Sandra Lamb v. NRAD Medical Associates, et al.
In 2017, Disability Rights Advocates filed a federal lawsuit against NYU Langone-NRAD Radiology Centers on behalf of a person who uses a wheelchair after she was denied service based on her disability. None of NYU Langone-NRAD Radiology Centers’ many facilities throughout Long Island and in Queens provide the accessible medical equipment necessary for treating patients […]
Disabled In Action of Metropolitan New York (DIA), et al. v. The City of New York, et al.
Disability Rights Advocates (“DRA”) filed a class action lawsuit against the New York City Police Department and the City of New York in October 2016 on behalf of four individual plaintiffs who were unable to get into their precincts to make crime reports, attend community safety meetings, or otherwise access the services provided at stations […]
Lyft Access for Riders with Service Animals
DRA is representing the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and guide dog users in their efforts to secure equal access to Lyft’s transportation network nationwide. Lyft provides transportation services through thousands of vehicles, to consumers throughout the nation. Lyft uses smartphone applications to create a convenient, streamlined experience, dispatching cars on-demand to drive passengers […]
D.C. Center for Independent Living, et al. v. District of Columbia
On September 9, 2014, DRA filed a class action lawsuit together with co-counsel from Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP and the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs against the District of Columbia for its failure to meaningfully include persons with disabilities in its emergency planning. People with disabilities have traditionally faced exceptionally […]
Westchester Independent Living Center, et al. v. SUNY Purchase, et al.
DRA filed this class action lawsuit against the State University of New York at Purchase College, located in Westchester County, alleging that it violates federal and state disability law by not providing students and visitors with mobility disabilities equal access to its educational and cultural programs. Specifically, the suit says that those who use wheelchairs […]