A class of Philadelphians with disabilities have achieved commitments from the City of Philadelphia to dedicate significant resources drastically improve the accessibility of Philadelphia’s sidewalks for individuals that affect their mobility. Among other actions, the City will install or remediate at least 10,000 curb ramps over the next 15 years, maintain existing curb ramps, and issue annual progress reports, all with the federal court maintaining jurisdiction over the agreement.
The settlement has been preliminarily approved by the federal court. If finally approved, the settlement would resolve claims brought by four individuals with mobility disabilities and three non-profit advocacy organizations. These plaintiffs alleged that the City failed to install required curb ramps, remediate or maintain non-compliant ramps in violation of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Rehabilitation Act.
The plaintiffs are represented by David Ferleger, a Philadelphia attorney with 50 years of experience in landmark disability rights class actions and other litigation, and Disability Rights Advocates (“DRA”), a non-profit legal center that specializes in high-impact class actions;
The class action case is Liberty Resources, Inc. et al. v. City of Philadelphia, Civ. No. 2:19-cv-03846-HB (E.D. Pa.).