Disability Law

584 ABA Journal Disability Law articles.

Afternoon Briefs: Prosecutor killed in ‘freak accident’ in courtroom; lawyer accused of filing suits for nonclients

South Africa prosecutor is killed in courtroom gun incident

A South Africa prosecutor was killed Monday when a gun being entered into evidence discharged and the bullet struck her in…

Afternoon Briefs: Author sues Trump for defamation; court tosses bias suit by white male lawyer

Author files defamation suit against Trump for denying he raped her

Author and advice columnist E. Jean Carroll has filed a lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of defaming her when…

Law firms settle suit accusing them of civil RICO conspiracy to collect ADA settlements
Two California law firms have resolved a lawsuit accusing them of engaging in a civil RICO conspiracy by filing multiple lawsuits against small businesses for alleged violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
LSAT will change for all would-be lawyers as a result of blind man’s lawsuit settlement
Corrected: The current analytical reasoning section of the Law School Admission Test will eventually be dropped as a result of a settlement in a lawsuit by a legally blind man who said he was unable to draw diagrams to help him answer the questions.
SCOTUS rejects pizza delivery company’s appeal over web and mobile app accessibility
The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear Domino’s Pizza Inc.’s appeal over its website and mobile app and whether they are required to comply with federal disabilities law.
Afternoon Briefs: Nursing home executives fined $400 daily; did black nationalism influence Justice Thomas?

New book seeks to explain conservatism of Justice Clarence Thomas

A new book called The Enigma of Clarence Thomas contends that the justice’s conservatism is shaped by his immersion in…

College grad banned from AmeriCorps position for anxiety counseling wins reforms
A national service program for young adults has agreed to revise its health screening process after the American Civil Liberties Union alleged a violation of disability law.
Afternoon Briefs: Judge says state violated ADA; Notorious B.I.G.’s sampling is fair use, court says

Mississippi violated ADA in its treatment of people with mental illness, judge says

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves ruled this week that Mississippi’s failure to provide community-based mental health care…

ADA questions remain over web accessibility cases and the lack of DOJ regulations

Disability rights advocates say web accessibility, the practice of designing and coding websites so that people with disabilities can use them, can be accomplished through simple changes, such as changing color contrast and adding video captions. However, the legal landscape surrounding web accessibility has become more complex.

Are loud restaurants an ADA violation for people with hearing impairment?

People with hearing impairment can have difficulty understanding speech in a noisy restaurant, even with hearing aids. Noise also poses a problem for people with ringing in their ears and…

4th Circuit reinstates suit against restaurant that barred boy from eating his own gluten-free meal

A federal appeals court has reinstated a disability lawsuit filed on behalf of a boy who was not allowed to eat his home-prepared, gluten-free meal at a restaurant in Colonial…

State appeals judge challenged biases as first person with cerebral palsy to argue before SCOTUS

Nobody, except my mother, perhaps, thought I could become a lawyer. I was born in 1963 with cerebral palsy, which, even after many surgeries and much physical therapy, left me with only one functioning arm and a severe speech impediment.

For law firms on the web, online accessibility for the disabled is good business

As legal services providers update their technology and grow their online footprints, they should build and use technology that is accessible to the broadest number of people, and that also includes people with disabilities.

In this state, almost all juveniles in detention facilities have at least 1 psychiatric diagnosis

In many school districts in New Mexico, juveniles with disabilities are disproportionately referred to police, according to an analysis of federal data by an investigative reporting group.

At least 29…

Public defender had PTSD from representing sex offenders, EEOC says in disability suit

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit claiming that the Defender Association of Philadelphia discriminated against a public defender who experienced mental health issues partly from representing sex…

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