Case: Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center v. RLJ Lodging Trust

4:15-cv-00224 | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Filed Date: Jan. 15, 2015

Closed Date: 2018

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Case Summary

On January 15, 2015, the Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC), along with several individuals, brought this action against RLJ Hospitality Trust, Inc. RLJ operates twelve hotels in the state of California, as well as many hotels elsewhere in the United States. Plaintiffs alleged that RLJ violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and California's Unruh Civil Rights Act by failing to provide wheelchair accessible vehicles at its hotels. The three individual plaintiffs each req…

On January 15, 2015, the Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC), along with several individuals, brought this action against RLJ Hospitality Trust, Inc. RLJ operates twelve hotels in the state of California, as well as many hotels elsewhere in the United States. Plaintiffs alleged that RLJ violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and California's Unruh Civil Rights Act by failing to provide wheelchair accessible vehicles at its hotels.

The three individual plaintiffs each require wheelchairs for mobility. Each alleged that he or she was deterred from staying at RLJ's hotels in Northern California by RLJ's lack of wheelchair-accessible shuttle services. The three plaintiffs explained that they hoped to stay at RLJ's hotels in the future and that they would do so if they learned that RLJ provides wheelchair-accessible vehicles. Plaintiffs brought the action on behalf of a class defined as individuals who rely on wheelchairs or scooters for mobility and have been, or will be, denied full and equal enjoyment of RLJ's services because of the lack of accessible transportation services at RLJ's hotels. They requested a permanent injunction requiring RLJ to comply with the two aforementioned statutes.

The case was assigned to Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers. On May 1, 2015, the parties agreed to resolve the dispute by using a private mediator. The parties met on June 30, 2015 for an all-day settlement conference and agreed to continue the negotiations in good faith, though no settlement had been reached by the initial case management conference before Judge Gonzalez Rogers on September 21, 2015, where the Judge set a date for a bench trial in May, 2016.

On November 2, 2015, the plaintiffs filed a first amended complaint. On November 5, 2015, the parties reached an agreement and proposed a settlement. The settlement ensured that the hotels currently owned by RLJ that provide transportation to guests in the future will also provide equivalent wheelchair accessible transportation, with third party and plaintiff attorney monitoring of RLJ's compliance for a default of two years and up to three years if RLJ fails to comply within those first two years. The plaintiffs asked the court to certify the class in order to approve the class action settlement.

Judge Gonzalez Rogers granted the preliminary approval of the class action settlement and the certification of the settlement class on January 25, 2016, and final approval on May 3, 2016. The class was defined as "all individuals who use wheelchairs or scooters for mobility who, from January 15, 2013, to the date of the preliminary approval of the Settlement [January 25, 2016], have been denied the full and equal enjoyment of transportation services offered to guests at Hotels owned and/or operated by RLJ because of the lack of equivalent accessible transportation services at those Hotels." The plaintiffs moved for attorney fees and costs on March 7, 2016, which Judge Gonzalez Rogers also granted on May 3, 2016. The case is now closed. 2016 WL 314400.

Summary Authors

Spencer Klein (3/15/2015)

Rachel Carpman (11/19/2018)

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People

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Judge(s)

Rogers, Yvonne Gonzalez (California)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Benham-Baker, Hillary Jo (California)

Campins, Julia (California)

Davidson, Joshua (California)

Fox, Timothy Patrick (Colorado)

Lam, Linda Pham (California)

Lee, Bill Lann (California)

Morris, Sarah (Colorado)

Wilensky, Julie H. (California)

Williams, Kevin William (Colorado)

Judge(s)

Rogers, Yvonne Gonzalez (California)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Benham-Baker, Hillary Jo (California)

Campins, Julia (California)

Davidson, Joshua (California)

Fox, Timothy Patrick (Colorado)

Lam, Linda Pham (California)

Lee, Bill Lann (California)

Morris, Sarah (Colorado)

Wilensky, Julie H. (California)

Williams, Kevin William (Colorado)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Greenberg, Helen Lee (California)

Malla, Steffanie Ann (California)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

4:15-cv-00224

Docket [PACER]

May 3, 2016

May 3, 2016

Docket
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Class Action Complaint For Declaratory And Injunctive Relief

Jan. 15, 2015

Jan. 15, 2015

Complaint
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First Amended Complaint

Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center et al v. RLJ Lodging Trust

Nov. 2, 2015

Nov. 2, 2015

Complaint
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Order Granting Final Approval of Class Action Settlement and Granting Plaintiffs' Motion for Attorneys' Fees and Costs

Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center et al v. RLJ Lodging Trust

May 3, 2016

May 3, 2016

Order/Opinion

Resources

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/5972785/civil-rights-education-and-enforcement-center-v-rlj-lodging-trust/

Last updated Aug. 7, 2022, 3:03 a.m.

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COMPLAINT for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief against RLJ Lodging Trust ( Filing fee $ 400, receipt number 0971-9212777.). Filed byKenneth Kilgore, Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, Ruthee Goldkorn, Ann Cupolo-Freeman. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet)(Fox, Timothy) (Filed on 1/15/2015) (Entered: 01/15/2015)

1 Civil Cover Sheet

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Jan. 15, 2015

Jan. 15, 2015

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Case assigned to Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero. Counsel for plaintiff or the removing party is responsible for serving the Complaint or Notice of Removal, Summons and the assigned judge's standing orders and all other new case documents upon the opposing parties. For information, visit E-Filing A New Civil Case at http://cand.uscourts.gov/ecf/caseopening.Standing orders can be downloaded from the court's web page at www.cand.uscourts.gov/judges. Upon receipt, the summons will be issued and returned electronically. Counsel is required to send chambers a copy of the initiating documents pursuant to L.R. 5-1(e)(7). A scheduling order will be sent by Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) within two business days. (cfeS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 1/15/2015) (Entered: 01/15/2015)

Jan. 15, 2015

Jan. 15, 2015

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Proposed Summons. (Fox, Timothy) (Filed on 1/15/2015) (Entered: 01/15/2015)

Jan. 15, 2015

Jan. 15, 2015

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Initial Case Management Scheduling Order for Cases Asserting Denial of Right of Access under Americans with Disabilities Act. Signed by Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero on 1/15/15. (Attachments: # 1 JCS Standing Order, # 2 Standing Order)(aaaS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 1/15/2015) (Entered: 01/16/2015)

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Jan. 15, 2015

Jan. 15, 2015

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Summons Issued as to RLJ Lodging Trust. (aaaS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 1/16/2015) (Entered: 01/16/2015)

Jan. 16, 2015

Jan. 16, 2015

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MOTION for leave to appear in Pro Hac Vice by Sarah Morris ( Filing fee $ 305, receipt number 0971-9215769.) filed by Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, Ann Cupolo-Freeman, Ruthee Goldkorn, Kenneth Kilgore. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing)(Morris, Sarah) (Filed on 1/16/2015) (Entered: 01/16/2015)

1 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing

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Jan. 16, 2015

Jan. 16, 2015

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ORDER by Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero granting 6 Motion for Pro Hac Vice as to attorney Sarah M. Morris. (mklS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 1/16/2015) Modified on 1/16/2015 (mklS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 01/16/2015)

Jan. 16, 2015

Jan. 16, 2015

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MOTION for leave to appear in Pro Hac Vice ( Filing fee $ 305, receipt number 0971-9228078.) filed by Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, Ann Cupolo-Freeman, Ruthee Goldkorn, Kenneth Kilgore. (Attachments: # 1 Certificate/Proof of Service Certificate of Good Standing, Colorado)(Williams, Kevin) (Filed on 1/22/2015) (Entered: 01/22/2015)

1 Certificate/Proof of Service Certificate of Good Standing, Colorado

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Jan. 22, 2015

Jan. 22, 2015

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Certificate of Interested Entities by Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, Ann Cupolo-Freeman, Ruthee Goldkorn, Kenneth Kilgore (Attachments: # 1 Certificate/Proof of Service)(Morris, Sarah) (Filed on 1/22/2015) (Entered: 01/22/2015)

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Jan. 22, 2015

Jan. 22, 2015

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CONSENT/DECLINATION to Proceed Before a US Magistrate Judge by Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, Ann Cupolo-Freeman, Ruthee Goldkorn, Kenneth Kilgore.. (Attachments: # 1 Certificate/Proof of Service)(Fox, Timothy) (Filed on 1/22/2015) (Entered: 01/22/2015)

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Jan. 22, 2015

Jan. 22, 2015

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CLERK'S NOTICE of Impending Reassignment to U.S. District Judge (klhS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 1/23/2015) (Entered: 01/23/2015)

Jan. 23, 2015

Jan. 23, 2015

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ORDER REASSIGNING CASE. Case reassigned to Judge Hon. Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers for all further proceedings. Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero no longer assigned to the case.. Signed by Executive Committee on 1/23/15. (as, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 1/23/2015) (Entered: 01/23/2015)

Jan. 23, 2015

Jan. 23, 2015

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CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, Ann Cupolo-Freeman, Ruthee Goldkorn, Kenneth Kilgore (Morris, Sarah) (Filed on 1/27/2015) (Entered: 01/27/2015)

Jan. 27, 2015

Jan. 27, 2015

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ORDER by Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers granting 8 Motion for Pro Hac Vice as to Kevin William Williams representingPlaintiff. (fs, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 1/27/2015) (Entered: 01/27/2015)

Jan. 27, 2015

Jan. 27, 2015

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CLERK'S NOTICE SETTING CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE. Case Management Statement due by 3/30/2015. Initial Case Management Conference set for Monday, 4/6/2015 02:00 PM before Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers in Courtroom 1, 4th Floor, Oakland. (Attachments: # 1 Standing Order) (fs, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 2/4/2015) (Entered: 02/04/2015)

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Feb. 4, 2015

Feb. 4, 2015

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NOTICE by Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, Ann Cupolo-Freeman, Ruthee Goldkorn, Kenneth Kilgore CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT (Attachments: # 1 Certificate/Proof of Service)(Fox, Timothy) (Filed on 2/9/2015) (Entered: 02/09/2015)

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Feb. 9, 2015

Feb. 9, 2015

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ANSWER to Complaint byRLJ Lodging Trust. (Greenberg, Helen) (Filed on 2/27/2015) (Entered: 02/27/2015)

Feb. 27, 2015

Feb. 27, 2015

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Certificate of Interested Entities by RLJ Lodging Trust of Defendant RLJ Lodging Trust (Greenberg, Helen) (Filed on 2/27/2015) (Entered: 02/27/2015)

Feb. 27, 2015

Feb. 27, 2015

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NOTICE of Firm Name Change by Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, Ann Cupolo-Freeman, Ruthee Goldkorn, Kenneth Kilgore (Lee, Bill) (Filed on 3/23/2015) Modified on 3/23/2015 (cpS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 03/23/2015)

March 23, 2015

March 23, 2015

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ADR Certification (ADR L.R. 3-5 b) of discussion of ADR options (Wilensky, Julie) (Filed on 3/24/2015) (Entered: 03/24/2015)

March 24, 2015

March 24, 2015

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ADR Certification (ADR L.R. 3-5 b) of discussion of ADR options (Wilensky, Julie) (Filed on 3/24/2015) (Entered: 03/24/2015)

March 24, 2015

March 24, 2015

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ADR Certification (ADR L.R. 3-5 b) of discussion of ADR options (Wilensky, Julie) (Filed on 3/24/2015) (Entered: 03/24/2015)

March 24, 2015

March 24, 2015

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ADR Certification (ADR L.R. 3-5 b) of discussion of ADR options (Wilensky, Julie) (Filed on 3/24/2015) (Entered: 03/24/2015)

March 24, 2015

March 24, 2015

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NOTICE re Motion to Consolidate in Potentially Related Case filed in C-15-216-DMR by Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, Ann Cupolo-Freeman, Ruthee Goldkorn, Kenneth Kilgore (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Exhibit 1)(Morris, Sarah) (Filed on 3/26/2015) Modified on 3/27/2015 (cpS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 03/26/2015)

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March 26, 2015

March 26, 2015

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JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT STATEMENT filed by Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, Ann Cupolo-Freeman, Ruthee Goldkorn, Kenneth Kilgore, RLJ Lodging Trust. (Campins, Julia) (Filed on 3/30/2015) Modified on 3/31/2015 (cpS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 03/30/2015)

March 30, 2015

March 30, 2015

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Minute Entry for proceedings held before Hon. Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers: Initial Case Management Conference held on 4/6/2015. Case Management Conference set for 5/11/2015 02:00 PM in Courtroom 1, 4th Floor, Oakland.Court Reporter Diane Skillman. Plaintiff Attorney Julie Wilensky and Julia Campins. Defendant Attorney Helen Lee Greenberg. Attachment Minutes.(fs, COURT STAFF) (Date Filed: 4/6/2015) (Entered: 04/10/2015)

April 6, 2015

April 6, 2015

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CONSENT/DECLINATION to Proceed Before a US Magistrate Judge by RLJ Lodging Trust.. (Malla, Steffanie) (Filed on 4/7/2015) (Entered: 04/07/2015)

April 7, 2015

April 7, 2015

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NOTICE of Appearance by Linda Pham Lam (Lam, Linda) (Filed on 4/28/2015) (Entered: 04/28/2015)

April 28, 2015

April 28, 2015

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STIPULATION and Proposed Order selecting Mediation by Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, Ann Cupolo-Freeman, Ruthee Goldkorn, Kenneth Kilgore filed by Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, Ann Cupolo-Freeman, Ruthee Goldkorn, Kenneth Kilgore. (Campins, Julia) (Filed on 5/1/2015) (Entered: 05/01/2015)

May 1, 2015

May 1, 2015

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Supplemental Joint Case Management Statement filed by Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, Ann Cupolo-Freeman, Ruthee Goldkorn, Kenneth Kilgore. (Campins, Julia) (Filed on 5/1/2015) Modified on 5/4/2015 (kcS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 05/01/2015)

May 1, 2015

May 1, 2015

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CLERK'S NOTICE CONTINUING CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE. The Case Management Conference set for 5/11/2015 is CONTINUED to Monday, 7/20/2015 02:00 PM in Courtroom 1, 4th Floor, Oakland. Updated Case Management Statement due by 7/13/2015. (This is a text-only entry generated by the court. There is no document associated with this entry.) (fs, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 5/6/2015) (Entered: 05/06/2015)

May 6, 2015

May 6, 2015

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ORDER by Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers granting 29 Stipulation selecting Private Mediation (fs, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 5/6/2015) (Entered: 05/06/2015)

May 6, 2015

May 6, 2015

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ORDER SETTING COMPLIANCE HEARING. Compliance Hearing regarding parties' selection of private mediator is set for Friday, 6/5/2015 09:01 AM in Courtroom 1, 4th Floor, Oakland before Hon. Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers. Filing due 5 days prior. Signed by Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers on 5/6/15. (fs, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 5/6/2015) (Entered: 05/06/2015)

May 6, 2015

May 6, 2015

RECAP
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STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER FOR STANDARD LITIGATION filed by RLJ Lodging Trust, Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, et al. (Greenberg, Helen) (Filed on 5/14/2015) Modified on 5/15/2015 (cpS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 05/14/2015)

May 14, 2015

May 14, 2015

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ORDER DENYING WITHOUT PREJUDICE JOINT MOTION TO ENTER PROPOSED STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER re 34 Stipulation filed by Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, RLJ Lodging Trust, Kenneth Kilgore, Ann Cupolo-Freeman, Ruthee Goldkorn. Signed by Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers on 5/26/15. (fs, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 5/26/2015) (Entered: 05/26/2015)

May 26, 2015

May 26, 2015

RECAP
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Joint Statement Re: Mediation by RLJ Lodging Trust. (Greenberg, Helen) (Filed on 5/28/2015) Modified on 5/29/2015 (cpS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 05/28/2015)

May 28, 2015

May 28, 2015

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STIPULATION WITH PROPOSED ORDER for Protective Order for Standard Litigation filed by RLJ Lodging Trust, Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, Ann Cupolo-Freeman, Kenneth Kilgore, Ruthee Goldkorn. (Greenberg, Helen) (Filed on 6/2/2015) Modified on 6/2/2015 (cp, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 06/02/2015)

June 2, 2015

June 2, 2015

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CLERK'S NOTICE VACATING THE FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2015 AT 9:01 AM COMPLIANCE HEARING. (This is a text-only entry generated by the court. There is no document associated with this entry.) (fs, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 6/2/2015) (Entered: 06/02/2015)

June 2, 2015

June 2, 2015

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STIPULATED PROTECTIVE ORDER. Signed by Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers on 6/10/15. (fs, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 6/10/2015) (Entered: 06/10/2015)

June 10, 2015

June 10, 2015

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Letter from counsel requesting continuance of CMC . (Greenberg, Helen) (Filed on 7/1/2015) (Entered: 07/01/2015)

July 1, 2015

July 1, 2015

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ORDER CONTINUING CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE. Case Management Conference set for 7/20/2015 is CONTINUED to Monday, 9/21/2015 02:00 PM in Courtroom 1, 4th Floor, Oakland. Signed by Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers on 7/9/15. (fs, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 7/10/2015) (Entered: 07/10/2015)

July 10, 2015

July 10, 2015

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SUPPLEMENTAL JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT STATEMENT AND PROPOSED ORDER filed by RLJ Lodging Trust, Civil Right Education and Enforcement Center, Ann Cupolo-Freeman, Ruthee Goldkorn, Kenneth Kilgore. (Malla, Steffanie) (Filed on 9/14/2015) Modified on 9/15/2015 (kcS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 09/14/2015)

Sept. 14, 2015

Sept. 14, 2015

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NOTICE of Change of Address by Julia Campins (Campins, Julia) (Filed on 9/21/2015) (Entered: 09/21/2015)

Sept. 21, 2015

Sept. 21, 2015

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Minute Entry for proceedings held before Hon. Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers: Initial Case Management Conference held on 9/21/2015. Amended Pleadings due by 10/27/2015. Case Management Statement due by 12/7/2015. Expert and Non-Expert Discovery due by 5/20/2016. Class Certification Motions filed by 2/2/2016. 5 Day Bench Trial set for 10/11/2016 08:30 AM before Hon. Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers. Case Management Conference set for 12/14/2015 02:00 PM in Courtroom 1, 4th Floor, Oakland. Class Certification Motion Hearing set for 3/8/2016 02:00 PM before Hon. Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers. Pretrial Conference set for Friday, 9/16/2016 09:00 AM in Courtroom 1, 4th Floor, Oakland before Hon. Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers. Compliance Hearing is set for 8/26/2016 09:01 AM before Hon. Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers. Dispositive Motion Hearing set for 7/12/2016 02:00 PM before Hon. Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers. Court Reporter Name Kathy Wyatt. Plaintiff Attorney Julie Wilensky. Defendant Attorney Helen Lee Greenberg. Attachment Minutes.(fs, COURT STAFF) (Date Filed: 9/21/2015) (Entered: 09/22/2015)

Sept. 21, 2015

Sept. 21, 2015

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CASE MANAGEMENT AND PRETRIAL ORDER. Signed by Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers on 9/22/15. (fs, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 9/22/2015) (Entered: 09/22/2015)

Sept. 22, 2015

Sept. 22, 2015

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NOTICE by Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, Ann Cupolo-Freeman, Ruthee Goldkorn of Withdrawal of Linda Lam and Joshua Davidson (Wilensky, Julie) (Filed on 10/7/2015) (Entered: 10/07/2015)

Oct. 7, 2015

Oct. 7, 2015

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STIPULATION to Dismiss Plaintiff Kenneth Kilgore filed by Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, Ann Cupolo-Freeman, Ruthee Goldkorn, Kenneth Kilgore. (Campins, Julia) (Filed on 10/27/2015) (Entered: 10/27/2015)

Oct. 27, 2015

Oct. 27, 2015

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STIPULATION WITH PROPOSED ORDER Permitting Plaintiffs to File First Amended Complaint filed by Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, Ann Cupolo-Freeman, Ruthee Goldkorn, Kenneth Kilgore. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1 (Proposed First Amended Complaint), # 2 Proposed Order)(Campins, Julia) (Filed on 10/27/2015) (Entered: 10/27/2015)

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Oct. 27, 2015

Oct. 27, 2015

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ORDER by Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers granting 48 Stipulation permitting Plaintiff to File Proposed First Amended Complaint. (fs, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 11/2/2015) (Entered: 11/02/2015)

Nov. 2, 2015

Nov. 2, 2015

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AMENDED COMPLAINT for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief against RLJ Lodging Trust. Filed byCivil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, Ruthee Goldkorn, Ann Cupolo-Freeman, Julie Reiskin. (Fox, Timothy) (Filed on 11/2/2015) (Entered: 11/02/2015)

Nov. 2, 2015

Nov. 2, 2015

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NOTICE of Change of Address by Julie Wilensky and Bill Lann Lee (Wilensky, Julie) (Filed on 11/2/2015) (Entered: 11/02/2015)

Nov. 2, 2015

Nov. 2, 2015

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NOTICE of Change of Address by Kevin William Williams (Williams, Kevin) (Filed on 11/12/2015) (Entered: 11/12/2015)

Nov. 12, 2015

Nov. 12, 2015

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NOTICE OF PROPOSED SETTLEMENT AND STIPULATION WITH PROPOSED ORDER TO VACATE PENDING DEADLINES AND SET DEADLINE FOR MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY APPROVAL filed by Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, Ann Cupolo-Freeman, Ruthee Goldkorn, Julie Reiskin. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order)(Wilensky, Julie) (Filed on 11/23/2015) Modified on 11/24/2015 (cpS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 11/23/2015)

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Nov. 23, 2015

Nov. 23, 2015

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ORDER VACATING DATES AND SETTING COMPLIANCE HEARING re 53 STIPULATION WITH PROPOSED ORDER. Compliance Hearing set for 12/11/2015 at 09:01 AM in Courtroom 1, 4th Floor, Oakland before Hon. Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers. Signed by Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers on 11/23/15. (jebS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 11/23/2015) (Entered: 11/23/2015)

Nov. 23, 2015

Nov. 23, 2015

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MOTION to Certify Class and for Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement (Unopposed) filed by Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, Ann Cupolo-Freeman, Ruthee Goldkorn, Julie Reiskin. Motion Hearing set for 1/12/2016 02:00 PM in Courtroom 1, 4th Floor, Oakland before Hon. Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers. Responses due by 12/21/2015. Replies due by 12/28/2015. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order, # 2 Exhibit A to Proposed Order, # 3 Exhibit B to Proposed Order)(Wilensky, Julie) (Filed on 12/7/2015) (Entered: 12/07/2015)

1 Proposed Order

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Dec. 7, 2015

Dec. 7, 2015

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Declaration of Julie Wilensky in Support of 55 MOTION to Certify Class and for Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement (Unopposed) filed byCivil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, Ann Cupolo-Freeman, Ruthee Goldkorn, Julie Reiskin. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1)(Related document(s) 55 ) (Wilensky, Julie) (Filed on 12/7/2015) (Entered: 12/07/2015)

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Dec. 7, 2015

Dec. 7, 2015

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Declaration of Marissa McGarry in Support of 55 MOTION to Certify Class and for Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement (Unopposed) filed byCivil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, Ann Cupolo-Freeman, Ruthee Goldkorn, Julie Reiskin. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1, # 2 Exhibit 2)(Related document(s) 55 ) (Wilensky, Julie) (Filed on 12/7/2015) (Entered: 12/07/2015)

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Dec. 7, 2015

Dec. 7, 2015

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Declaration of Julia Campins in Support of 55 MOTION to Certify Class and for Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement (Unopposed) filed byCivil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, Ann Cupolo-Freeman, Ruthee Goldkorn, Julie Reiskin. (Related document(s) 55 ) (Wilensky, Julie) (Filed on 12/7/2015) (Entered: 12/07/2015)

Dec. 7, 2015

Dec. 7, 2015

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Declaration of Timothy P. Fox in Support of 55 MOTION to Certify Class and for Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement (Unopposed) filed byCivil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, Ann Cupolo-Freeman, Ruthee Goldkorn, Julie Reiskin. (Related document(s) 55 ) (Wilensky, Julie) (Filed on 12/7/2015) (Entered: 12/07/2015)

Dec. 7, 2015

Dec. 7, 2015

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Declaration of Kevin W. Williams in Support of 55 MOTION to Certify Class and for Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement (Unopposed) filed byCivil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, Ann Cupolo-Freeman, Ruthee Goldkorn, Julie Reiskin. (Related document(s) 55 ) (Wilensky, Julie) (Filed on 12/7/2015) (Entered: 12/07/2015)

Dec. 7, 2015

Dec. 7, 2015

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CLERK'S NOTICE : In light of the Motion for Preliminary Approval of Class Settlement (Dkt. No. 55) the Compliance Hearing currently set for 12/11/15 is hereby VACATED. (This is a text-only entry generated by the court. There is no document associated with this entry.) (fs, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 12/8/2015) (Entered: 12/08/2015)

Dec. 8, 2015

Dec. 8, 2015

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Declaration of HELEN LEE GREENBERG REGARDING DISSEMINATION OF CLASS ACTION FAIRNESS ACTION NOTICE filed byRLJ Lodging Trust. (Greenberg, Helen) (Filed on 12/17/2015) (Entered: 12/17/2015)

Dec. 17, 2015

Dec. 17, 2015

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Request for Judicial Notice re 55 MOTION to Certify Class and for Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement (Unopposed) filed byCivil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, Ann Cupolo-Freeman, Ruthee Goldkorn, Julie Reiskin. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1)(Related document(s) 55 ) (Wilensky, Julie) (Filed on 1/6/2016) (Entered: 01/06/2016)

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Jan. 6, 2016

Jan. 6, 2016

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64

Minute Entry for proceedings held before Hon. Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers: Motion Hearing held and submitted on 1/12/2016 re 55 MOTION to Certify Class and for Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement (Unopposed) filed by Julie Reiskin, Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, Ann Cupolo-Freeman, Ruthee Goldkorn. Final Approval Motion Hearing set for 4/26/2016 02:00 PM in Courtroom 1, 4th Floor, Oakland before Hon. Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers. Status Conference set for Monday, 1/25/2016 02:01 PM before Hon. Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers.Court Reporter Name Diane Skillman. Plaintiff Attorney Julie Wilensky. Defendant Attorney Helen Greenberg. Attachment Minutes.(fs, COURT STAFF) (Date Filed: 1/12/2016) (Entered: 01/13/2016)

Jan. 12, 2016

Jan. 12, 2016

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65

Declaration of Julie Wilensky in Support of 55 MOTION to Certify Class and for Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement (Unopposed) - Supplemental Declaration filed byCivil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, Ann Cupolo-Freeman, Ruthee Goldkorn, Julie Reiskin. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1 - Amended Settlement Agreement, # 2 Exhibit 2 - Proposed Notice, # 3 Exhibit 3 - Proposed Order)(Related document(s) 55 ) (Wilensky, Julie) (Filed on 1/22/2016) (Entered: 01/22/2016)

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2 Exhibit 2 - Proposed Notice

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3 Exhibit 3 - Proposed Order

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Jan. 22, 2016

Jan. 22, 2016

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66

CLERK'S NOTICE: In light of the supplemental declaration (Dkt. No. 65) filed in support of the Motion to Certify Class and for Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement, the Status Conference currently set for 1/25/2016 at 2:01 p.m. is hereby VACATED.. (This is a text-only entry generated by the court. There is no document associated with this entry.) (ygrlc3, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 1/25/2016) (Entered: 01/25/2016)

Jan. 25, 2016

Jan. 25, 2016

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ORDER GRANTING PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT AND CERTIFICATION OF SETTLEMENT CLASS [*** DEADLINES AS MODIFIED BY THE COURT***] by Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers granting 55 Motion to Certify Class. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B ) (fs, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 1/25/2016) (Entered: 01/25/2016)

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Jan. 25, 2016

Jan. 25, 2016

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68

NOTICE by Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, Ann Cupolo-Freeman, Ruthee Goldkorn, Julie Reiskin of Withdrawal of Sarah Morris (Fox, Timothy) (Filed on 2/3/2016) (Entered: 02/03/2016)

Feb. 3, 2016

Feb. 3, 2016

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69

Unopposed MOTION for Attorney Fees and Costs filed by Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, Ann Cupolo-Freeman, Ruthee Goldkorn, Julie Reiskin. Motion Hearing set for 5/3/2016 02:00 PM in Courtroom 1, 4th Floor, Oakland before Hon. Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers. Responses due by 3/21/2016. Replies due by 3/28/2016. (Wilensky, Julie) (Filed on 3/7/2016) Modified on 3/8/2016 (cpS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 03/07/2016)

March 7, 2016

March 7, 2016

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Declaration of Julie Wilensky in Support of 69 MOTION for Attorney Fees and Costs filed byCivil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, Ann Cupolo-Freeman, Ruthee Goldkorn, Julie Reiskin. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1, # 2 Exhibit 2)(Related document(s) 69 ) (Wilensky, Julie) (Filed on 3/7/2016) Modified on 3/8/2016 (cpS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 03/07/2016)

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March 7, 2016

March 7, 2016

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71

Declaration of Linda M. Dardarian in Support of 69 MOTION for Attorney Fees and Costs filed byCivil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, Ann Cupolo-Freeman, Ruthee Goldkorn, Julie Reiskin. (Related document(s) 69 ) (Wilensky, Julie) (Filed on 3/7/2016) Modified on 3/8/2016 (cpS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 03/07/2016)

March 7, 2016

March 7, 2016

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Declaration of Julia Campins in Support of 69 MOTION for Attorney Fees and Costs filed byCivil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, Ann Cupolo-Freeman, Ruthee Goldkorn, Julie Reiskin. (Related document(s) 69 ) (Wilensky, Julie) (Filed on 3/7/2016) Modified on 3/8/2016 (cpS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 03/07/2016)

March 7, 2016

March 7, 2016

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73

NOTICE by RLJ Lodging Trust Notice of Unavailabilty (Greenberg, Helen) (Filed on 3/9/2016) (Entered: 03/09/2016)

March 9, 2016

March 9, 2016

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74

Unopposed MOTION for Final Approval of Class Action Settlement filed by Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, Ann Cupolo-Freeman, Ruthee Goldkorn, Julie Reiskin. Motion Hearing set for 5/3/2016 02:00 PM in Courtroom 1, 4th Floor, Oakland before Hon. Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers. Responses due by 4/12/2016. Replies due by 4/19/2016. (Attachments: # 1 Wilensky Declaration ISO Final Approval, # 2 Proposed Order Granting Final Approval and Motion for Attorneys Fees and Costs, # 3 Proposed Final Judgment)(Wilensky, Julie) (Filed on 3/29/2016) Modified on 3/30/2016 (cpS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 03/29/2016)

1 Wilensky Declaration ISO Final Approval

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2 Proposed Order Granting Final Approval and Motion for Attorneys Fees and Costs

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3 Proposed Final Judgment

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March 29, 2016

March 29, 2016

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ORDER by Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers granting 69 Motion for Attorney Fees; granting 74 Motion for Final Approval of Class Action Settlement. (ygrlc3, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 5/3/2016) (Entered: 05/03/2016)

May 3, 2016

May 3, 2016

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JUDGMENT. Signed by Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers on 5/3/2016. (ygrlc3, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 5/3/2016) (Entered: 05/03/2016)

May 3, 2016

May 3, 2016

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Minute Entry for proceedings held before Hon. Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers: Motion Hearing held and submitted on 5/3/2016 re 74 MOTION for Final Approval of Class Action Settlement filed by Julie Reiskin, Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, Ann Cupolo-Freeman, Ruthee Goldkorn, and 69 Unopposed MOTION for Attorney Fees and Costs filed by Julie Reiskin, Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, Ann Cupolo-Freeman, Ruthee Goldkorn.Total Time in Court 6 minutes. Court Reporter Name Diane Skillman. Attachment Minutes.(fs, COURT STAFF) (Date Filed: 5/3/2016) (Entered: 05/05/2016)

May 3, 2016

May 3, 2016

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Case Details

State / Territory: California

Case Type(s):

Disability Rights

Special Collection(s):

Multi-LexSum (in sample)

Key Dates

Filing Date: Jan. 15, 2015

Closing Date: 2018

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center is an organization that, among other things, works to ensure that persons with disabilities participate in our nation's civic life without discrimination. The three individual plaintiffs are CREEC members who require wheelchair accessible vehicles. The class consists of individuals who use wheelchairs or scooters for mobility who have been, or will be, denied full equal enjoyment of defendant's hotels.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Non-profit NON-religious organization

Private Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

RLJ Lodging Trust, Private Entity/Person

Defendant Type(s):

Transportation

Case Details

Causes of Action:

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

State law

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Attorneys fees

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Amount Defendant Pays: 135,000

Order Duration: 2016 - 2019

Content of Injunction:

Reasonable Accommodation

Reporting

Develop anti-discrimination policy

Discrimination Prohibition

Monitoring

Issues

General:

Access to public accommodations - privately owned

Buildings

Reasonable Accommodations

Transportation

Discrimination-area:

Accommodation / Leave

Discrimination-basis:

Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)

Disability:

Mobility impairment

Type of Facility:

Non-government for profit