Los Angeles Angels Get Legal Bill For Wheelchair Access Violations at Stadium

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Our Matt Coker told you in April that the Los Angeles Angels and the city of Anaheim settled a federal class action lawsuit that requires them to make their stadium more wheelchair accessible.

This week, U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter ordered the defendants to pay the plaintiff lawyers--V. James DeSimone of Venice and Amanda Rose Canning of Los Angeles--$725,000 for the two-year-old case and another $18,000 to J. Paul Charlebois, who filed the original complaint.

Carter also reminded the Angels that he will monitor their compliance with the settlement.

The court-approved deal allows wheelchair bound individuals to get tickets in good areas of the stadium and at reduced rates.

It also improves access to food and drink concessions.

Federal and state law require businesses to make their operations handicap accessible. If caught in violation, business owners can be forced to pay thousands of dollars to the offended party.

As I reported in a 2006 cover story--"The New Crips," some people with dubious ethics in Southern California make a good living taking advantage of the law.

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disability mobility
disability mobility

Some wheelchairs include a quick release button to remove the rear wheels for compact storage and transport. This feature is designed for users looking for an ultra-portable wheelchair.

debaser
debaser

Is the stadium ADA compliant or not?  That would seem like the subject for a MSJ, which would settle the matter fairly quickly.  The stadium did undergo considerable renovations not too recently.  One would think ADA issues were addressed at that time.  Moxley - got anything on that?

Guest
Guest

On a more serious note, the plaintiffs award is a mere 2% of the attorney's fees.  This begs the question about our court system and the way the "award" is split.  I'm sure the California BAR will look into that right away......not.

Guest
Guest

The Angels are just going to have to sell a few more $12.75 beers...... 

Chingy
Chingy

700G for the lawyers, 18K for the plaintiff?  Oh sounds reasonable to me.

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Rocket J
Rocket J

How often do you need to beat up disabled people? Would a man with no hands qualify for wheelchair seats? Was there a blue placard for Jim Abbot in the clubhouse? Your question just raises more questions...

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