Jose VELEZ, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. IL FORNAIO (AMERICA) CORPORATION; Tartine, Inc., Defendants-Appellees.
Decided: June 11, 2020
Before: LEAVY, PAEZ, and BENNETT, Circuit Judges.
Jose Velez, Pro Se Ara Sahelian, Sahelian Law Offices, Laguna Hills, CA, for Defendants-Appellees
Jose Velez appeals pro se from the district court's order dismissing his action alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and state law. We have jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1291. We review de novo a district court's dismissal for lack of standing. D'Lil v. Best W. Encina Lodge & Suites, 538 F.3d 1031, 1035 (9th Cir. 2008). We vacate and remand.
Velez sufficiently alleges Article III standing in his ADA claim against defendant Il Fornaio (America) Corporation because he pleads that he was deterred from visiting defendant's restaurant because of its alleged ADA violations. See Civil Rights Educ. & Enf't Ctr. v. Hosp. Properties Tr., 867 F.3d 1093, 1102 (9th Cir. 2017) (“[Plaintiffs] have alleged ․ that they intend to visit the relevant hotels, but have been deterred from doing so by the hotels’ noncompliance with the ADA. They further allege that they will visit the hotels when the non-compliance is cured․ [C]onstruing the factual allegations in the complaint in favor of the plaintiffs, as we must at this preliminary stage, we conclude that [plaintiffs] have sufficiently alleged injury in fact. ․ We also conclude that motivation is irrelevant to the question of standing under Title III of the ADA.”).
Velez also sufficiently alleges statutory standing under the ADA against defendant because he pleads that his morbid obesity substantially limits his ability to walk and stand. See Weaving v. City of Hillsboro, 763 F.3d 1106, 1111 (9th Cir. 2014) (“ ‘An impairment is a disability ․ if it substantially limits the ability of an individual to perform a major life activity as compared to most people in the general population.’ ” (quoting 29 C.F.R. § 1630.2(j)(1)(ii))); see also 42 U.S.C. § 12102(2)(A) (listing walking and standing as major life activities per the ADA); Bragdon v. Abbott, 524 U.S. 624, 641, 118 S.Ct. 2196, 141 L.Ed.2d 540 (1998) (“When significant limitations result from the impairment, the definition is met even if the difficulties are not insurmountable.”).
We do not consider matters not specifically and distinctly raised and argued in the opening brief, or arguments and allegations raised for the first time on appeal. See Padgett v. Wright, 587 F.3d 983, 985 n.2 (9th Cir. 2009).
Velez's motion to consolidate this case with Taylor v. Burlington, Appeal No. 16-35205, is denied.
The parties shall bear their own costs on appeal.
VACATED and REMANDED.
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