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.
On July 18, 2017, the Plaintiffs and the City of Seattle agreed to settle this landmark class action lawsuit by requiring the City of Seattle to install more than twenty thousand accessible curb ramps throughout Seattle over the next eighteen years, at a cost of approximately $300 million. 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. Read about the settlement in the in the following press release, and article.
On November 1, 2017, the Court granted final approval of the class action Settlement Agreement (called a “proposed Consent Decree”), finding it is fair, reasonable, and adequate.
More details about the settlement can found by reading the Notice of Proposed Settlement (see Case Documents below).
If you would like a copy of the Settlement Agreement in [English,] Spanish, Chinese, or Vietnamese, please call 1-888-461-9191 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. For TTY, please call 711 and ask for Mike Smith at Disability Rights Washington.