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Jury Trial Victory for Blind Business Owner

Yes, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if a blind business owner comes to a government office to file her paper form, staff do need to read and write on official forms under her direction. That’s the verdict a federal jury in California delivered against Alameda County on Tuesday, April 3, 2024.

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Innovative fraud whistleblower suit in website case produces multimillion-dollar damages settlement and remediation plan

We are pleased announce a precedential settlement of one of our impact cases involving the California Department of Parks and Recreation’s camping reservations website.

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External Litigation

William Goren discusses the appellate decision in Orozco v. Garland

In “Is There a Private Cause of Action for Violations of § 508 of the Rehabilitation Act?,” William Goren discusses a D.C. Circuit appellate decision in a TRE Legal Practice case that went in our client’s favor. The decision established that, under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, 29 U.S.C. § 794d, “an employee of the federal government who runs into an issue with the technology being utilized by the federal government being inaccessible to them” can sue.

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Ensuring the Accessibility of California’s Online Examinations

TRE Legal Practice (TRE) and Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) filed a disability rights lawsuit in California State Court against the California Department of Insurance (CDI) for its failure to ensure the accessibility of its licensing exam for insurance agents to blind applicants. The lawsuit also includes claims against PSI Services, the private entity that CDI […]

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External Litigation

William Goren discusses Martinez v. County of Alameda

In his post “Fundamental Alteration, Undue Burden, Deliberate Indifference, Facially Neutral Policies, and the Title II entity,” attorney William Goren discusses the January 21, 2021 Order Denying [Defendants’] Motion to Dismiss in our case, Martinez v. County of Alameda et al., 512 F. Supp. 3d 978 (N.D. Cal. 2021): The case involves a blind individual […]

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Innovation & Accessibility at West Valley College

To address this, TRE Legal Practice worked on behalf of two blind college students to reach a settlement agreement with West Valley College, using an alternative to lawsuits called structured negotiations.

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Update for Uber Riders Accompanied by Service Animals

The case of National Federation of the Blind v. Uber Technologies, Inc., 14-cv-04086 NC (N.D. Cal.), challenges discrimination experienced by riders with service animals who want to use the Uber ridesharing service. We are preparing to return to court to address ongoing discrimination and need your statement by April 17, 2020, in support of the effort.

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Dignity Health Agrees to Pay $570,000 for Firing a Blind Food Service Worker

REDDING, Calif., September 27, 2019 — TRE Legal Practice and LaBarre Law Offices, on behalf of Alina Sorling, are pleased to join with the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in announcing that Dignity Health, which operates Mercy Medical Center in Redding, California, has agreed to pay […]

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Bay Area Transit Agencies Agree to Make the RTC Clipper Card and Disability Verification Process More Accessible to Disabled Riders

SAN FRANCISCO, September 24, 2019 — TRE Legal Practice is pleased to announce a Settlement Agreement with the Bay Area’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) that will make regional transit more accessible to disabled riders. The Agreement is the result of collaborative structured negotiations between TRE Legal Practice and MTC, the transportation planning, financing, and coordinating […]

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Appellate Victory in National Federation of the Blind v. The Container Store

Modern touchscreen systems, like other modern computers, phones, and tablets, are readily adaptable for use by blind people through mechanisms such as tactile keyboards that a user can feel nonvisually and audio ports for plugging in headphones so the system can “speak” privately to users. (Both of these are in widespread use at bank ATMs, […]