The Louisiana Record May 2, 2016, 2:17pm


NEW ORLEANS — A disabled man from Metairie is suing three business property owners, alleging they failed to make their property accessible to people with disabilities. 

Stephen Carrier filed a lawsuit April 16 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against business owners Elisa Garin, Bernard Morkrid and James Riggs, alleging failure to uphold Americans with Disabilities Act regulations.

According to the complaint, Carrier, who uses a wheelchair, encountered architectural barriers and faced serious difficulties accessing the goods and services offered at the business property at 3515 Melville Dewey Drive, Metairie. The plaintiff alleges the defendants failed to remove the discriminatory barriers on the property, failed to provide an accessible-designated parking area and failed to provide an accessible ramp onto the facility's promenade from the parking lot.

Carrier seeks a trial by jury, a declaration the property is in violation of the ADA, an order to alter the property to make it accessible to and useable by individuals with mobility disabilities, reasonable attorney fees, costs and expenses for such other relief as the court deems proper. He is represented by attorneys Andrew D. Bizer and Garret DeReus of The Bizer Law Firm in New Orleans.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:16-cv-03068

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