Court Grants Final Approval of Hotel Transportation Settlement — CREEC v. Ashford Hospitality Trust

On March 22, 2016, Magistrate Judge Donna M. Ryu of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted final approval to a class action settlement in CREEC et al. v. Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. Ashford owns approximately…

CREEC, Co-Counsel Achieve Major Milestone in Internet Captioning Cases Against MIT and Harvard

On February 9, 2016, CREEC and our wonderful co-counsel at the National Association of the Deaf, the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, and the Disability Law Center got terrific decisions in our cases challenging Harvard’s and MIT’s failure to…

Courts Grant Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlements in Cases Challenging Inaccessible Transportation at Hotels

In December 2015 and January 2016, two district courts in the Northern District of California granted preliminary approval of class action settlements in cases involving accessible transportation at hotels. The cases, brought by CREEC, Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, and Campins Benham-Baker…

The National Association of the Deaf and Gogo LLC Agree to Make Closed Captions Available on In-Flight Entertainment Systems

(Jan. 26, 2016) Deaf and hard of hearing airline passengers will soon have closed captioned, on-demand in-flight entertainment videos. The National Association of the Deaf (NAD), a non-profit civil rights organization of, by, and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals,…

Baltimore Residents File Title VI Complaint with United States Department of Transportation over Maryland’s Discriminatory Decision to Strip Baltimore of Transportation Funding

Today, CREEC; the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; Covington & Burling LLP; and the ACLU of Maryland filed a complaint with the United States Department of Transportation on behalf of the Baltimore City Chapter of the NAACP, Baltimore Regional…

University of Denver Civil Rights Clinic and CREEC Reach Groundbreaking Settlement with Department of Corrections

Prisoners in restrictive housing and close custody at the Colorado State Penitentiary (CSP) have reached a settlement with Colorado prison officials that will provide outdoor exercise for those inmates for the first time since the prison’s construction in 1993. The…

Wheelchair Users Sue Major Hotel Companies for Inaccessible Transportation

The Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC), along with three individuals who use wheelchairs for mobility, today filed federal class action lawsuits against three major hotel owner/operators, RLJ Lodging Trust, Hospitality Properties Trust, and Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc.  Each…