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Hotels Being Sued For Failed Compliance with American Disability Act

R. Schulte, Esq. In Ohio, Columbus area hotels are being sued for their violations of Title III of Americans with Disabilities Act, also known as the ADA (42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq.). The Act, signed into law on July 26, 1991, is a comprehensive civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability in important areas of American life, such as employment to architectural access. Title III of the Act prohibits discrimination in the activities of places of public accommodation and requires places of public accommodation to comply with ADA standards and to be readily accessible to, and independently …

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Three Years After the San Bruno Blast and Still Much to Be Resolved

Elise Sanguinetti, Esq. It has been three years since the Pacific Gas & Electric pipeline blast destroyed a neighborhood and took 8 lives in San Bruno. Today, emotional and physical damage are not something of the past, but an everyday reality. Many residents and critics of PG& E are disappointed with the lack of accountability and safety that remain all this time later. Beyond living in an environment of empty lots and construction, residents are left to wonder whether they are truly safe from the same pipeline dangers that once destroyed their homes. After the blast, the National Transportation Safety …

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Alabama football player Kelly Johnson and his fraternity named in suit

A starter on the Crimson Tide football eam and his fraternity are named in a federal lawsuit that accuses the player of assault two years ago at an off-campus party. Kelly Gregory Johnson and Sigma Chi are among the defendants in a personal injury suit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Birmingham. The civil suit, filed on behalf of plaintiff Logan Herring, alleges that fraternity members provided alcohol to underage members and guests at a “pledge event” held at Johnson’s home.   http://www.al.com/alabamafootball/index.ssf/2012/09/alabama_football_player_kelly.html

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US Supreme Court upholds SC redistricting lines

    South Carolina’s redrawn state house and congressional maps were allowed to stand Monday, as the U.S. Supreme Court summarily affirmed a federal court’s ruling that the state’s new lines are fair and don’t discriminate against racial minorities. Six black voters from Florence, Sumter, Georgetown, Berkeley, Darlington and Charleston counties sued Gov. Nikki Haley, the Legislature and other state officials earlier this year. They claimed the GOP-dominated state Legislature drew lines that segregate white and black voters into election districts and pack black voters into one congressional district, calling it “voting apartheid.” Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/10/01/3570082/us-supreme-court-upholds-sc-redistricting.html#storylink=cpy

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“Tort Reform” Hurts People We All Want to Help – Not the People We Don’t

I recently read a statement by a physician who was the tragic victim of medical malpractice.  He was enraged by the fact that a very preventable form a cancer had not been detected by a physician he was treating with.  The doctor was furious that he is going to die unnecessarily because another doctor made such a mistake.  The negligent doctor who missed his cancer had a history of committing malpractice, but had been allowed to continue practicing medicine.  Worse yet, this man has come to understand that  Indiana’s arbitrary cap on medical malpractice damages is going to leave his …

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