Shell Gas Stations Press Release

September 11, 1998
San Francisco, California — United States District Court Judge Charles Legge today granted final approval to one of the most comprehensive agreements to date under the Americans with Disabilities Act. In issuing his Order, Judge Legge referred to the Consent Decree as a remarkable and outstanding achievement. The agreement with Equilon Enterprises LLC, and Shell Oil Products Company, two companies that now own, lease and/or operate over 3,000 Shell gas stations across the country, and plaintiffs in a national class action lawsuit, will substantially improve access for wheelchair users and other people with mobility disabilities across the country.

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Ingram v. Serendipity Land Yachts

August 6, 1998
In a class action lawsuit, passengers with mobility disabilities who use wheelchairs and scooters on Amtrak Thruway Bus services in California alleged that the defendants failed to comply with various state and federal laws concerning the safe transportation of bus passengers who use wheelchairs (including scooters) and the proper training of bus drivers to provide respectful and courteous service to passengers with disabilities.

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Two Bus Companies Sued for Disability Discrimination

August 6, 1998
Berkeley, California — A class-action lawsuit will be filed on August 6, 1998 in federal court in San Francisco against two companies that provide passenger bus services in California. The bus companies involved are Serendipity Land Yachts of Santa Clara, California, which serves northern California; and Coach USA, a Houston, Texas-based company that operates Antelope Valley Buses serving southern California passengers. The suit will be filed by the Berkeley-based Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), and the San Francisco law firm of Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP, on behalf of named plaintiff Betty L. Ingram and all similarly situated class members, alleging a pattern and practice of disability discrimination against passengers who use wheelchairs.

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Greener v. Shell Oil

June 19, 1998
In June 1998, DREDF and co-counsel filed a class action complaint against Shell Oil along with a proposed settlement to address Shell's failure to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act at Shell service stations in cities across the United States. Shell and the three Northern California wheelchair users negotiated the agreement over a two year period without litigation and agreed to filing the complaint for procedural reasons.

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Bragdon v. Abbott

February 6, 1998
DREDF filed an amicus curiae brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Senators Harkin, Jeffords and Kennedy, and Representatives Hoyer, Owens and Waxman in Abbott v. Bragdon. The central issue in this case was whether people who have HIV but appear asymptomatic are considered disabled and therefore protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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O’Hara v. Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

October 20, 1999
In 1997, on behalf of a group of individuals with mobility, hearing and vision impairments, DREDF and co-counsel filed a class-action lawsuit against the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California. The complaint alleged that the Coliseum failed to provide equitable access for people with disabilities. The parties settled in 1999.

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City of San Diego Sued for Disability Discrimination

November 12, 1997
Berkeley, California — A major disability discrimination lawsuit will be filed on Wednesday, November 12, 1997 in federal court in San Diego against the City of San Diego, alleging that the City illegally excludes persons with mental illness from the long-term disability (LTD) benefits plan that it offers to City employees. The suit will be filed by the Berkeley, California-based Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF); the ACLU Foundation of San Diego and Imperial Counties; the ACLU Foundation of Southern California; and the San Diego office of the law firm of Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach LLP. Brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (the ADA) and similar California civil rights laws, the case is the first lawsuit in California to allege illegal treatment of persons with mental illness in a government employee LTD plan.

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Emma C. v. Delaine Eastin, et al.

November 18, 1996
A class action lawsuit filed by eight students in 1996 on behalf of hundreds of children with disabilities in the Ravenswood School District in East Palo Alto, California demanded that the district and the California Department of Education comply with federal laws ensuring a "free appropriate public education" to all children with disabilities. After years of pre-trial litigation the Court first approved a Consent Decree in January 2000, and three years later an amended Consent Decree and a detailed plan for improvement, including a court-appointed monitor were put in place by Judge Thelton Henderson.

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