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Californians For Disability Rights v. Mervyn's LLC, A106199

In a case brought by plaintiff-organization representing disabled individuals against defendant-retailer Mervyn's for maintaining narrow pathways between merchandise display racks that block shoppers with wheelchairs and other mobility aids from reaching the merchandise, judgment for Mervyn's is reversed and remanded where: 1) there was sufficient evidence to support a finding that removal of barriers to access was not readily achievable in this instance, and thus not legally mandated; but 2) a retailer does not meet its obligation to make its merchandise available to disabled individuals denied access to the retailer's existing stores by constructing new and geographically distant stores that are accessible.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 07/30/2008
  • Published 07/30/2008

Judges

  • SEPULVEDA, J.

Court

  • California Court of Appeal

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  • Rosen, Bien & Asaro, Andrea G. Asaro, San Francisco, Holly M. Baldwin;  Zelle, Hofmann, Voelbel, Mason & Gette, Daniel S. Mason, San Francisco;  Disability Rights Advocates, Sidney Wolinsky, Oakland, Monica Goracke;  The Sturdevant Law Firm, James C. Sturdevant, Monique Olivier, San Francisco;  Rosen Bien & Galvan and Sanford J. Rosen, San Francisco, for Plaintiff and Appellant Californians for Disability Rights., Chavez & Gertler, Mill Valley, and Nance F. Becker, San Francisco, for California Foundation for amici curiae Independent Living Centers, and American Association of People with Disabilities, on behalf of Plaintiff and Appellant., Edmund G. Brown Jr., Attorney General, Janet Gaard, Acting Chief Assistant Attorney General, Louis Verdugo Jr., Senior Assistant Attorney General, Angela Sierra, Supervising Deputy Attorney General and Timothy M. Muscat, Deputy Attorney General, for Amici Curiae Attorney General of California, on behalf of Plaintiff and Appellant.

  • For Appellees:
  • Robinson, Calcagnie & Robinson and Sharon J. Arkin for amicus curiae Consumer Attorneys of California, on behalf of Plaintiff and Respondent., Morrison & Foerster, David F. McDowell, Samantha P. Goodman, Linda E. Shostak, San Francisco, and Gloria Y. Lee, for Defendant and Respondent Mervyn's, LLC., Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, Roy G. Weatherup and David N. Makous, Los Angeles, for ReadyLink HealthCare, Inc., for Amicus Curiae on behalf of Defendant and Respondent.
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