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Case Name Union Bank of California Agreement DR-CA-0020
Docket / Court NA ( No Court )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Attorney Organization Law Office of Lainey Feingold
Case Summary
In 2001, attorneys representing the blind community entered into structured negotiations with Union Bank of California, N.A. and Union BankCal Corporation regarding accommodations for blind and visually impaired customers. On September 2, 2001, the parties entered into a settlement agreement.
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In 2001, attorneys representing the blind community entered into structured negotiations with Union Bank of California, N.A. and Union BankCal Corporation regarding accommodations for blind and visually impaired customers. On September 2, 2001, the parties entered into a settlement agreement.

Under the terms of the agreement, Union Bank of California agreed to install talking ATMs, which could be accessed by blind and visually impaired customers. The bank also agreed to issue bank statements in Braille for blind customers and to issue print information in large print and audio formats. The bank agreed to provide blind customers with headphones for the talking ATMs. As a result of this agreement, Union Bank of California had the first talking ATMs in Washington State and Oregon. Subsequently, the bank also committed to make its website accessible to blind and visually impaired users.

Kristen Sagar - 05/16/2009


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. ยงยง 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) Union Bank of California, N.A.
Union BankCal Corporation
Plaintiff Description individuals who are blind and who currently have a bank account with Union Bank of California
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Law Office of Lainey Feingold
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration 2001 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Settlement Agreement 09/01/2001
DR-CA-0020-0001.pdf | External Link | Detail
Document Source: Lainey Feingold website
Settlement Agreement Press Releases 09/27/2009
DR-CA-0020-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: Lainey Feingold website
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Dardarian, Linda M. (California)
DR-CA-0020-0001
Feingold, Lainey (California)
DR-CA-0020-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Chilleri, Gino A. (California)
DR-CA-0020-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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