Ringing in the new year with a major decision interpreting the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), an en banc panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Chapman v. Pier 1 Imps.(U.S.), Inc., 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 453 (9th Cir. Jan. 7, 2011) has held that a disabled plaintiff encountering a single discriminatory barrier to access at a place of public accommodation may file a lawsuit seeking removal of all discriminatory barriers that "relate" to his disability-even those he did not personally encounter.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently issued a decision in Antoninetti v. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., applying the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to claimed violations at a fast food Mexican restaurant.