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Case Name Williams v. Denver DR-CO-0017
Docket / Court 1:99-cv-01193 ( D. Colo. )
State/Territory Colorado
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Attorney Organization Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center
Case Summary
On June 24, 1999, plaintiffs, all persons who use wheelchairs for mobility, filed suit against a Denver city amphitheater in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, claiming discrimination in provision of parking accommodations.

The defendant, the City and County of Denver, ... read more >
On June 24, 1999, plaintiffs, all persons who use wheelchairs for mobility, filed suit against a Denver city amphitheater in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, claiming discrimination in provision of parking accommodations.

The defendant, the City and County of Denver, operated the Red Rocks concert amphitheater in Denver.

According to the Third Amended Complaint - the only one publicly available - filed on August 24, 2000, the plaintiffs alleged that the parking facilities at the venue were very inconvenient to the plaintiffs, who had to park vans and unload wheelchairs, forcing them to travel dangerous paths to the concert venue. The complaint also alleged that the employees were not helpful and often rude. The plaintiff brought counts under: (1) The Americans With Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. § 12131, et seq; and (2) Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, 29 U.S.C. § 794. Plaintiffs sought an injunction requiring the City to comply with the statutes, and reasonable attorneys' fees and costs.

On October 10, 2006, the District Court entered a consent decree, in which the City agreed to provide a shuttle van system, expand parking spots for persons with disabilities, and to implement new policies for training staff. The City also agreed to contract for the Cross-Disability Coalition to monitor compliance for the 2000, 2001, and 2002 concert seasons. The City agreed to pay liquidated damages of $500 for each violation of the consent decree, beginning on January 1, 2003 and $50,000 in attorneys' fees and other fees and costs of reviewing compliance with the decree.

Eric Weiler - 06/08/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Movie Theater or Other Entertainment facility
General
Access to public accommodations - governmental
Barrier Removal
Parking
Reasonable Accommodations
Reasonable Modifications
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act), 29 U.S.C. § 701
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) City and County of Denver
Plaintiff Description Disabled patrons of an outdoor concert venue
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center
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 Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2000 - 2003
Case Closing Year 2005
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
1:99-cv-01193-WYD (D. Colo.) 01/27/2005
DR-CO-0017-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Third Amended Complaint 08/24/2000
DR-CO-0017-0001 PDF | Detail
Consent Decree 10/06/2000
DR-CO-0017-0002 PDF | Detail
Judges Daniel, Wiley Young (D. Colo.)
DR-CO-0017-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Breeskin, Michael Wayne (Colorado)
DR-CO-0017-9000
Fox, Timothy Patrick (Colorado)
DR-CO-0017-0001 | DR-CO-0017-0002 | DR-CO-0017-9000
Robertson, Amy Farr (Colorado)
DR-CO-0017-0001 | DR-CO-0017-9000
Williams, Kevin William (Colorado)
DR-CO-0017-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Bangeman, Norman Ray (Colorado)
DR-CO-0017-0002 | DR-CO-0017-9000
Coon, Steven J. (Colorado)
DR-CO-0017-0002
Schaefer, Joel Bray (Colorado)
DR-CO-0017-9000
Smalley, Edwin R. (Colorado)
DR-CO-0017-9000
Wortham, J. Wallace (Colorado)
DR-CO-0017-0002
Other Lawyers None on record

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