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Case Name Out-of-court settlement re. The Campus Inn and Bell Tower Hotels DR-MI-0005
Docket / Court NA ( No Court )
State/Territory Michigan
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Case Summary
In 2014, the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan opened an investigation of the Campus Inn Hotel in Ann Arbor, MI, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act. The USAO had received a complaint from someone alleging that he was unable to stay at the hotel with ... read more >
In 2014, the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan opened an investigation of the Campus Inn Hotel in Ann Arbor, MI, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act. The USAO had received a complaint from someone alleging that he was unable to stay at the hotel with his son, who has a physical disability, because the hotel didn't have any accessible guest rooms. The investigation later expanded to another Ann Arbor hotel, which is part of a joint venture with the Campus Inn.

The investigation resulted in a June 3, 2014, Settlement Agreement between the hotels and the U.S. Government. As part of the agreement, the hotels committed to modify a number of guest rooms, with at least one in each price/amenity category, so that they are "limited accessible." The hotels also agreed to modify their public restrooms, lobbies, and elevators. They agreed to make these changes as soon as practicable, and to complete the restroom modifications within a year of the agreement's effective date, and the balance of the construction within six months of the agreement date. They also agreed to train their employees on the site modifications and accommodation of disabled guests.

In return, the USAO agreed not to sue the hotels under the ADA. However, the government retained the right to inspect the hotels in order to enforce the agreement, and if it found the hotels to be in noncompliance, to later sue them.

The agreement will remain in effect for three years after the effective date.

Andrew Junker - 11/05/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Monitor/Master
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reasonable Accommodation
Reporting
Disability
disability, unspecified
Mobility impairment
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
General
Access to public accommodations - privately owned
Barrier Removal
Bathrooms
Buildings
Reasonable Modifications
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Type of Facility
Non-government for profit
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. ยงยง 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) Campus Inn
Plaintiff Description No plaintiff here; investigation by the USAO for E.D. Mich.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
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 2014 - 2017
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Settlement agreement betweeen the United States of America and Campus Inn/Bell Tower Joint Venture, regarding the Campus Inn and Bell Tower Hotels 06/03/2014
DR-MI-0005-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers DeClercq, Susan K. (Michigan)
DR-MI-0005-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Zarnowitz, Steven (Michigan)
DR-MI-0005-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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