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Ninth Circuit Rejects Serial Plaintiffs’ Lawsuits About the ADA’s Accessible Sales Counter Requirements

By Minh N. Vu & Myra Villamor on June 18, 2020
Posted in 2010 ADA Standards, Physical Accessibility

Seyfarth Synopsis:  The Ninth Circuit holds that the ADA does not require a 36 inch length of clear sales counter space when the entire counter provided for all customers is at an accessible height.

When a business provides only one sales counter for all customers to use and that entire counter is at an accessible height of 36 inches or less, does the ADA require that counter be at least 36 inches long and clear of all objects?

Earlier this week, deciding appeals in three separate cases handled by Seyfarth attorneys, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said there is no such obligation.  The Court cited the Exception to Section 904.4.1 of the ADA Standards for Accessible Design (the “2010 Standards”) as clear regulatory support.  The U.S. Department of Justice had reached the same conclusion about this counter configuration in an amicus brief it filed in one of these three cases before the judge granted summary judgment [...]

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