Case: Out-of-court settlement re. The Campus Inn and Bell Tower Hotels

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Filed Date: 2014

Case Ongoing

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Case Summary

In 2014, the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan opened an investigation of the Campus Inn Hotel in Ann Arbor, MI, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act. The USAO had received a complaint from someone alleging that he was unable to stay at the hotel with his son, who has a physical disability, because the hotel didn't have any accessible guest rooms. The investigation later expanded to another Ann Arbor hotel, which is part of a joint venture with the…

In 2014, the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Michigan opened an investigation of the Campus Inn Hotel in Ann Arbor, MI, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act. The USAO had received a complaint from someone alleging that he was unable to stay at the hotel with his son, who has a physical disability, because the hotel didn't have any accessible guest rooms. The investigation later expanded to another Ann Arbor hotel, which is part of a joint venture with the Campus Inn.

The investigation resulted in a June 3, 2014, Settlement Agreement between the hotels and the U.S. Government. As part of the agreement, the hotels committed to modify a number of guest rooms, with at least one in each price/amenity category, so that they are "limited accessible." The hotels also agreed to modify their public restrooms, lobbies, and elevators. They agreed to make these changes as soon as practicable, and to complete the restroom modifications within a year of the agreement's effective date, and the balance of the construction within six months of the agreement date. They also agreed to train their employees on the site modifications and accommodation of disabled guests.

In return, the USAO agreed not to sue the hotels under the ADA. However, the government retained the right to inspect the hotels in order to enforce the agreement, and if it found the hotels to be in noncompliance, to later sue them.

The agreement will remain in effect for three years after the effective date.

Summary Authors

Andrew Junker (11/5/2014)

People


Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

DeClercq, Susan K. (Michigan)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Dahlmann, Dennis A (Michigan)

Zarnowitz, Steven (Michigan)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

DeClercq, Susan K. (Michigan)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Dahlmann, Dennis A (Michigan)

Zarnowitz, Steven (Michigan)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Settlement agreement betweeen the United States of America and Campus Inn/Bell Tower Joint Venture, regarding the Campus Inn and Bell Tower Hotels

Out-of-court settlement re. the Campus Inn and Bell Tower Hotels

June 3, 2014

June 3, 2014

Settlement Agreement

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Docket

Last updated May 11, 2022, 8 p.m.

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Case Details

State / Territory: Michigan

Case Type(s):

Disability Rights

Key Dates

Filing Date: 2014

Case Ongoing: Yes

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

No plaintiff here; investigation by the USAO for E.D. Mich.

Plaintiff Type(s):

U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Campus Inn (Ann Arbor, Washtenaw), Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.

Special Case Type(s):

Out-of-court

Availably Documents:

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

None of the above

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Private Settlement Agreement

Order Duration: 2014 - 2017

Content of Injunction:

Monitor/Master

Provide antidiscrimination training

Reasonable Accommodation

Reporting

Issues

General:

Access to public accommodations - privately owned

Barrier Removal

Bathrooms

Buildings

Reasonable Modifications

Discrimination-area:

Accommodation / Leave

Discrimination-basis:

Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)

Disability:

disability, unspecified

Mobility impairment

Type of Facility:

Non-government for profit