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Case Name Harris v. Wayne County Airport Authority DR-MI-0006
Docket / Court 2:14-cv-13630 ( E.D. Mich. )
State/Territory Michigan
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Case Summary
On September 19, 2014, two physically disabled individuals filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan under the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") against the Wayne County Airport Authority ("WCAA"). The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, ... read more >
On September 19, 2014, two physically disabled individuals filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan under the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") against the Wayne County Airport Authority ("WCAA"). The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, claimed that WCAA was violating the ADA in relocating certain buses at Detroit Metro Airport to the ground transportation center, which Plaintiffs allege is congested and unsafe for persons with disabilities. Plaintiffs sought declaratory relief and an injunction to enjoin the relocation of the buses until such time as the ground transportation center could be made accessible to disabled individuals.

With their complaint, the Plaintiffs moved for a temporary restraining order ("TRO") and a preliminary injunction. The District Court (Judge David M. Lawson) denied Plaintiffs' motion for a TRO, but set a schedule for the exchange of expert reports, further briefing, and an evidentiary hearing on the request for a preliminary injunction.

On October 17, 2014, the day before the evidentiary hearing was to take place, the parties reached a settlement agreement. As part of the agreement, the buses will remain at their new location at the ground transportation center. However, WCAA must make improvements to the center, including the addition of personal assistance services, improvements to the indoor waiting area, and the removal of obstacles to make the location safer for seniors and disabled individuals. The District Court (Judge Lawson) dismissed the case without prejudice, but will retain jurisdiction until September 1, 2015 to enforce the terms of the settlement agreement.

Dan Whitman - 10/22/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Reasonable Accommodation
Defendant-type
Transportation
Disability
Mobility impairment
Visual impairment
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
General
Access to public accommodations - governmental
Barrier Removal
Reasonable Accommodations
Transportation
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act), 29 U.S.C. § 701
Defendant(s) Detroit Metro Airport
Plaintiff Description Two physically disabled individuals.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2014 - 2015
Case Closing Year 2014
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
2:14-cv-13630 (E.D. Mich.) 10/17/2014
DR-MI-0006-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Verified Complaint 09/19/2014
DR-MI-0006-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' First Amended Complaint 09/29/2014
DR-MI-0006-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order of Dismissal 10/17/2014 (E.D. Mich.)
DR-MI-0006-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Settlement reached in airport bus stop case 10/17/2014
DR-MI-0006-0004.pdf | Detail
Judges Lawson, David M. (E.D. Mich.)
DR-MI-0006-0003 | DR-MI-0006-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Nyman, Melissa (California)
DR-MI-0006-0001 | DR-MI-0006-0002 | DR-MI-0006-9000
Turkish, Jason M. (Michigan)
DR-MI-0006-0001 | DR-MI-0006-0002 | DR-MI-0006-9000
Defendant's Lawyers August, Gary K. (Michigan)
DR-MI-0006-9000
Janisch, Jamie J. (Michigan)
DR-MI-0006-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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