Case: DOJ v. Amtrak

1:20-cv-03503 | U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Filed Date: Dec. 2, 2020

Case Ongoing

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Case Summary

On December 2, 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a complaint against the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (“Amtrak”) for allegedly violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12131-12165, by failing to make its intercity rail stations accessible to individuals with disabilities by July 26, 2020, as required by the Act. The government sought to enjoin Amtrak from discriminating on the basis of disability and require the company to comply with the ADA. The …

On December 2, 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a complaint against the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (“Amtrak”) for allegedly violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12131-12165, by failing to make its intercity rail stations accessible to individuals with disabilities by July 26, 2020, as required by the Act. The government sought to enjoin Amtrak from discriminating on the basis of disability and require the company to comply with the ADA. The government also sought compensatory damages for disabled individuals who had been harmed by Amtrak’s inaccessible stations.

The case was not docketed or assigned to a judge, however, because the government reached a settlement with Amtrak on the same day it filed its complaint. The settlement agreement required Amtrak to design at least 135 accessible stations, finish construction at 90 stations, and be in the process of constructing at least 45 stations within 10 years of the settlement date. The agreement also required Amtrak to train staff on ADA compliance and to establish a monitor-approved process for managing ADA complaints. Pursuant to these obligations, Amtrak created the Office of the Vice President of Stations, Properties, and Accessibility.

Amtrak also created a $2.25 million settlement fund to compensate mobility-impaired individuals who traveled or attempted to travel at Amtrak’s 78 most inaccessible stations. On January 12, 2022, the DOJ announced that Amtrak had paid over $2 million to more than 1,500 individuals who experienced disability discrimination while traveling or attempting to travel by train. The settlement was monitored by the Federal Railroad Administration and the Department of Justice.

Summary Authors

Becca Rogers (12/24/2020)

People

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Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Bond, Rebecca B. (District of Columbia)

Dreiband, Eric S. (District of Columbia)

Kijewski, Kevin J. (District of Columbia)

Knight, David W. (District of Columbia)

McKnight, Cynthia M. (District of Columbia)

Sadler, Felicia L. (District of Columbia)

Sherwin, Michael R. (District of Columbia)

Truong, John Cuong (District of Columbia)

Van Horn, Daniel F (District of Columbia)

Wolfe, Kathleen P. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Bond, Rebecca B. (District of Columbia)

Dreiband, Eric S. (District of Columbia)

Kijewski, Kevin J. (District of Columbia)

Knight, David W. (District of Columbia)

McKnight, Cynthia M. (District of Columbia)

Sadler, Felicia L. (District of Columbia)

Sherwin, Michael R. (District of Columbia)

Truong, John Cuong (District of Columbia)

Van Horn, Daniel F (District of Columbia)

Wolfe, Kathleen P. (District of Columbia)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket [PACER]

Dec. 3, 2020 Docket

Complaint

United States of America v. The National Passenger Railroad Corporation (Amtrak)

Dec. 2, 2020 Complaint

Settlement Agreement Between the United States of America and National Railroad Passenger Corporation ("Amtrak")

Dec. 2, 2020 Settlement Agreement

Resources

Title Description External URL

Amtrak Pays Over $2 Million to Individuals in Disability Settlement

Department of Justice

The Department of Justice today announced that Amtrak paid over $2 million to more than 1,500 individuals who experienced disability discrimination while traveling or attempting to travel by train. T… Jan. 12, 2022 https://www.justice.gov/...

Docket

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Last updated May 20, 2022, 5:29 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link

CASE NUMBER NOT USED. No documents are filed in this case. (zrdj) (Entered: 12/03/2020)

Dec. 3, 2020

CASE NUMBER NOT USED. No documents are filed in this case. (zrdj)

Dec. 3, 2020 PACER

Case Assigned/Reassigned

Dec. 3, 2020 PACER

State / Territory: District of Columbia

Case Type(s):

Disability Rights/Public Accommodations

Key Dates

Filing Date: Dec. 2, 2020

Case Ongoing: Yes

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division

Plaintiff Type(s):

U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

The National Passenger Railroad Corporation (Amtrak), None

Defendant Type(s):

Transportation

Case Details

Causes of Action:

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

Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201

Availably Documents:

Complaint (any)

Monetary Relief

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Damages

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Private Settlement Agreement

Amount Defendant Pays: $2,250,000

Issues

General:

Access to public accommodations - governmental

Reasonable Accommodations

Reasonable Modifications

Transportation

Discrimination-basis:

Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)

Disability:

Mobility impairment