These four class action lawsuits, filed in January and February 2015, allege that four major hotel owner/operators, RLJ Lodging Trust, Hospitality Properties Trust, Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc., and Sage Hospitality Resources LLC, discriminate against individuals with mobility disabilities in the provision of hotel shuttle transportation. Specifically, the cases challenge the hotels’ consistent failure to provide accessible options when they choose to offer transportation services to guests, and charge that this failure violates the federal Americans with Disabilities Act and California state law where applicable. Three of the class actions – CREEC v. RLJ, CREEC v. Hospitality Properties, and CREEC v. Ashford – were filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Northern California. The fourth – CREEC v. Sage Hospitality Resources – was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. CREEC is co-counseling with the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition and Campins Benham-Baker, LLP.
Ashford Hospitality Trust
On March 22, 2016, the court granted final approval of a class action settlement.
RLJ Lodging Trust
On May 3, 2016, the court granted final approval of a class action settlement.
Hospitality Properties Trust
The district court denied class certification and the Ninth Circuit affirmed, in a decision that — on the bright side — recognized tester standing under Title III of the ADA.
- First Amended Complaint
- Motion for Class Certification
- Reply in support of Class Certification
- Opening Brief to the Ninth Circuit
- Reply Brief to the Ninth Circuit
- Petition for Rehearing En Banc
Sage Hospitality Resources
On April 5, 2017, the parties reached a confidential settlement in this case.