Cases


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Tennessee v. Lane

November 12, 2003
DREDF filed an amicus curiae brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in Tennessee v. Lane on behalf of the of former US Attorney General Richard Thornburgh, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), and ADA Watch, which argued that Congress had the power to enact all of Title II of the ADA, enabling disabled persons to participate in critical facets of American life and helping to achieve full integration.

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Raytheon Co. v. Joel Hernandez

July 9, 2003
DREDF joined as co-counsel in the preparation of an amicus curiae brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the National Employment Lawyers Association and the American Association of People with Disabilities. The central issue in the case was whether the Americans with Disabilities Act confers preferential rehire rights on employees lawfully terminated for misconduct, such as illegal drug use.

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Finger v. Walgreens

May 22, 2002
Representing plaintiff Anne Finger DREDF filed a lawsuit against drugstore giant Walgreen Co., alleging that the retailer routinely blocked access to aisles and goods and thus failed to comply with California law requiring full and equal access to customers with physical disabilities.

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Colmenares v. Braemar Country Club

April 1, 2002
The Colmenares case looked at the contested question of whether California disability rights laws afforded broader protections for people with disabilities than the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Colmenares addressed the definition of disability under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). The case required the state high court to determine the scope of the California law definition of "physical disability."

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Chevron USA, Inc. v. Echazabal

February 1, 2002
DREDF joined as co-counsel in amicus curiae brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of a wide variety of disability organizations including the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), AARP, the American Council of the Blind (ACB), the American Diabetes Association (ADA), ADAPT, the Brain Injury Association of America, the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, ("DREDF"), Epilepsy Foundation, HalfthePlanet Foundation, the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, the Legal Aid Society Employment Law Center (LAS-ELC), the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), the National Association of the Deaf Law Center, the National Association of Developmental Disabilities Councils (NADDC), the National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems (NAPAS), the National Association of Rights Protection and Advocacy (NARPA), the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), the National Mental Health Association, the National Mental Health Consumers - Self-Help Clearinghouse, the Polio Society, The Arc of the United States (The Arc), and the United Cerebral Palsy Associations, Inc. (UCP).

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Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc., v. Ella Williams

August 31, 2001
DREDF filed an amicus curiae brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc., v. Ella Williams on behalf of the National Council on Disability. The case involved a worker who, upon developing carpal tunnel syndrome was reassigned from her job as an assembly line to other positions, where she performed satisfactorily. Eventually, Toyota required Williams to perform additional manual tasks, whereupon her pain reappeared. Williams requested an accommodation of her company-diagnosed medical condition and a return to her previous job as paint inspector. Williams stopped going to work and Toyota fired her.

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Garrett v. University of Alabama

October 11, 2000
DREDF went before the Supreme Court of the United States on October 11, 2000, to argue the Garrett, et al. v. University of Alabama, et al. case, in which Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act was at stake. DREDF authored the respondents' Supreme Court brief along with the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Michael Gottesman, Larry Gold and the Alabama law firm of Gordon, Silberman, Wiggins & Childs, which represented former Alabama employees and respondents Patricia Garrett and Milton Ash.

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Davis et al. v. Department of Health and Human Services et al.

July 11, 2000
Individual plaintiffs and the Independent Living Resource Center of San Francisco (ILRCSF) sued the City and County of San Francisco, California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS), California Department of Health Services (DHS), California Department of Social Services (DSS), California Department of Mental Health (DMH) and the California Department of Aging (DOA) alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Nursing Home Reform Act and other statutes. Specifically, defendants failed to assess or provide support to residents of Laguna Honda Hospital that would have enabled them to live in a home of their choice outside of LHH.

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Midpeninsula Citizens for Fair Housing…

July 6, 2000
DREDF and co-counsel Legal Strategies Group represented Midpeninsula Citizens for Fair Housing (MCFH) in a fair housing lawsuit against Lytton Courtyard Apartments for violating architectural design and construction requirements that apply to new construction.

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Sanchez v. Johnson

May 4, 2000
The lawsuit challenged the State's failure to increase wages of direct care workers for persons with disabilities residing in the community, resulting in turnover in excess of 50 percent a year. California had increased rates paid to community providers for wages insubstantially since 1989. As a result, workers in community facilities are paid 54 percent of what similar workers in California's institutions are paid. Only two states in the nation paid less per person than California for Medicaid Home and Community Based Services.

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