On October 8, 2015, GBDH, along with co-counsel Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, and Disability Rights Washington, filed Reynoldson, et al. v. City of Seattle, Case No. 15-1608 (W.D. Wash.), on behalf of persons with mobility disabilities who live in or visit the City of Seattle. The case alleges that the City violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Washington Law Against Discrimination by failing to construct and maintain accessible curb ramps at intersections throughout the City. On May 2, 2016, United States District Court Judge Marsha J. Pechman approved the parties’ stipulated motion regarding class certification and appointed GBDH, Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, and Disability Rights Washington class counsel.
The City of Seattle has settled a landmark class action lawsuit by committing to installing over twenty thousand accessible curb ramps throughout Seattle over the next eighteen years. In addition to installing thousands of curb ramps, Seattle also promised to improve the way it responds to people with disabilities who report bad or missing curb ramps. More details about the settlement can be found in the following press release, and article.