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Case Name Ehman v. Home Builders Ass'n of Metro. Denver DR-CO-0014
Docket / Court 1:01-cv-01522 ( D. Colo. )
State/Territory Colorado
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Attorney Organization Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center
Case Summary
On August 6, 2001, individuals who use wheelchairs for mobility filed a class action in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado against a home builders Trade Association, claiming its annual exhibition of model homes presented numerous barriers to disabled access.

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On August 6, 2001, individuals who use wheelchairs for mobility filed a class action in U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado against a home builders Trade Association, claiming its annual exhibition of model homes presented numerous barriers to disabled access.

Specifically, Plaintiffs claimed that the defendants' "Parade Of Homes," an annual exhibition of six newly constructed model homes open to the public, presented numerous barriers, including parking at the event, traveling from the parking to the homes, and viewing the homes themselves. The defendant charged admission to the event. The plaintiffs purchased tickets but were unable to view some the homes because of barriers to accessibility. The complaint contained a single count under the Americans With Disabilities Act, .42 U.S.C. §12181 et seq. The complaint sought declaratory, injunctive,and monetary relief.

On November 26, 2001, the court approved a consent decree and certified the class. On March 10, 2003, the parties entered into an amended consent decree. Defendants agreed in future Parade of Homes events to provide one accessible entrance to the event and to each home, to provide accessible restrooms, concessions stands, parking, and exhibit booths. The plaintiffs agreed not to picket or protest future events.

Eric Weiler - 06/16/2010


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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. §§ 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) Home Builders Association Of Metropolitan Denver
Plaintiff Description Disabled Colorado residents who use wheelchairs, visiting an exhibition of model homes.
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 2003 - 2006
Case Closing Year 2003
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
1:01−cv−01522 (D. Colo.) 03/10/2003
DR-CO-0014-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 08/06/2001
DR-CO-0014-0001 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 03/10/2003
DR-CO-0014-0002 PDF | Detail
Judges Boland, Boyd N. (D. Colo.) [Magistrate]
DR-CO-0014-9000
Nottingham, Edward Willis Jr. (D. Colo.)
DR-CO-0014-0002 | DR-CO-0014-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Fox, Timothy Patrick (Colorado)
DR-CO-0014-0001
Robertson, Amy Farr (Colorado)
DR-CO-0014-0001 | DR-CO-0014-0002 | DR-CO-0014-9000
Williams, Kevin William (Colorado)
DR-CO-0014-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Miller, Patrick John (Colorado)
DR-CO-0014-9000
Olsen, Theodore Alan (Colorado)
DR-CO-0014-0002 | DR-CO-0014-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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