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Case Name Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition v. Taco Bell Corp. DR-CO-0002
Docket / Court 1:97-cv-02135-LTB ( D. Colo. )
State/Territory Colorado
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Attorney Organization Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center
Case Summary
On October 1, 1997, two individuals who use wheelchairs for mobility and an advocacy group, Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, filed a class action lawsuit against Taco Bell in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. They claimed that the design of Taco Bell's restaurants did not ... read more >
On October 1, 1997, two individuals who use wheelchairs for mobility and an advocacy group, Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, filed a class action lawsuit against Taco Bell in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. They claimed that the design of Taco Bell's restaurants did not conform with the minimum standards in the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG), 28 C.F.R. Part 36, Appendix A. Specifically, they claimed that Taco Bell's queue aisles were too narrow to navigate in a wheelchair or scooter, the counters were too high, and the staff was unprepared to assist disabled people. Plaintiffs sought injunctive relief and damages pursuant to the state anti-discrimination act.

On February 3, 1999, the court certified the class of "All Colorado residents with disabilities who use wheelchairs or electric scooters for mobility who, beginning on the date two years prior to the filing of the Class Action Complaint (October 1, 1997), were discriminated against on the basis of disability by Taco Bell's failure to have queue lines that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines in Colorado Taco Bell restaurants that Defendant owns, operates, leases to or leases from others." Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition v. Taco Bell Corp., 184 F.R.D. 354 (D. Colo. 1999).

On January 18, 2000, the parities entered into a voluntary settlement agreement. The agreement applied to all current and future Taco Bell restaurants in Colorado owned by the Taco Bell Corporation. However, there was a provision for franchisees. The plaintiffs agreed to a moratorium on lawsuits against franchisees for two years and Taco Bell agreed to provide guidelines to the franchisees to help them comply with the ADAAG. Taco Bell agreed that the design of its queue lines and counters would comply with ADAAG standards. Additionally, Taco Bell agreed to provide guidelines to its employees so they would maintain the accessible queue aisles.

Taco Bell agreed to pay $210,000 in attorney's fees and costs and $50 for each class member affected, not to exceed $5700. Additionally, Taco Bell agreed to pay a Coalition official $25 per hour, not to exceed $3500 total, to monitor Taco Bell's compliance with the agreement.

On March 1, 2000, in an unpublished order the court dismissed the plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment as moot, in light of the settlement agreement. The court approved the settlement on March 2, 2000 and dismissed the case on March 23, 2000.

Eric Weiler - 05/18/2010


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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) Taco Bell Corporation
Plaintiff Description Representative plaintiffs were two disabled indivisuals who use wheelchairs and disability advocacy group.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2000
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
1:97-cv-02135-LTB (D. Colo.) 03/23/2000
DR-CO-0002-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Third Amended Class Action Complaint 06/11/1998
DR-CO-0002-0001 PDF | Detail
Plaintiffs' Memorandum In Support Of Their Motion For Partial Summary Judgment 01/26/1999
DR-CO-0002-0002 PDF | Detail
Memorandum Opinion And Order [Granting Plaintiffs' Motion To Certify Class] 02/03/1999 (184 F.R.D. 354) (D. Colo.)
DR-CO-0002-0004 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Settlement Agreement, General Release And Covenant Not To Sue 01/18/2000
DR-CO-0002-0003 PDF | Detail
Judges Babcock, Lewis Thornton (D. Colo.)
DR-CO-0002-0004 | DR-CO-0002-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Fox, Timothy Patrick (Colorado)
DR-CO-0002-0001 | DR-CO-0002-0002 | DR-CO-0002-0003 | DR-CO-0002-0004 | DR-CO-0002-9000
Mobley, Mary Lou (Colorado)
DR-CO-0002-0004
Robertson, Amy Farr (Colorado)
DR-CO-0002-0001 | DR-CO-0002-0002 | DR-CO-0002-0003 | DR-CO-0002-0004 | DR-CO-0002-9000
Williams, Kevin William (Colorado)
DR-CO-0002-0001 | DR-CO-0002-0002 | DR-CO-0002-0003 | DR-CO-0002-0004
Defendant's Lawyers Eurich, Gregory Alan (Colorado)
DR-CO-0002-0003 | DR-CO-0002-0004 | DR-CO-0002-9000
Goh, Jim (Colorado)
DR-CO-0002-0003
Lyons, Thomas J (Colorado)
DR-CO-0002-9000
Partee, Tracey Patricia (Colorado)
DR-CO-0002-9000
Other Lawyers Taylor, Stephen D. (Colorado)
DR-CO-0002-0004 | DR-CO-0002-9000
Wodach, John L. (District of Columbia)
DR-CO-0002-9000

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