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Detroit city transportation neglects individuals with disabilities

Laurence Dilworth et. al. v.
City of Detroit

Suit alleged that the City of Detroit’s buses lacked wheelchair lifts in compliance with the ADA. Plaintiffs were forced to wait in inclement weather for long periods as a result of the violations. Amidst a very public battle in the local media where then Mayor Kilpatrick publicly disparaged Plaintiffs’ counsel, the U.S. Department of Justice intervened. A settlement was ultimately entered by the Court requiring the City to test the wheelchair lifts of its buses daily, improve the training of its drivers and mechanics, and subject its buses to random evaluations regularly to ensure that disabled patrons have access to public transportation.

Suit filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on behalf of five disabled Detroit residents.