LOS ANGELES – A paraplegic alleges that a Los Angeles business did not have enough parking spaces for disabled patrons.
Daniel Lopez filed a complaint on April 10 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Autozone Parts Inc. over alleged violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act and Unruh Civil Rights Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that in February, he went to defendant's business to shop and use a diagnostic tool. While on the premises, plaintiff claims there were not enough parking spaces marked and reserved for use by persons with disabilities. He alleges he had to get assistance to get out of his van from his girlfriend and another person who was also parked in the western parking lot because there was no room to deploy his wheelchair.
The plaintiff holds Autozone Parts Inc. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to maintain its premises in working and useable conditions for ready access to persons with disabilities.
The plaintiff seeks injunctive relief, award actual damages and a statutory minimum of $4,000, attorney fees, litigation expenses and costs of suit. He is represented by Chris Carson, Ray Ballister, Phyl Grace and Dennis Price of Center for Disability Access in San Diego.
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California case number 2:18-cv-02992-PA-E