NEW ORLEANS – The alleged exclusion of a ramp or handicap-accessible entrance at an office is the subject of a lawsuit between a disabled citizen and the property owners.
Francis Falls filed a lawsuit Jan. 29 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Riverlakes New Orleans Properties LLC over claims that the defendant is in direct violation the American with Disabilities Act and the Fair Housing Act.
Falls alleges that on or about Jan. 19, he went to the defendant's real estate office at 826 Adams St., New Orleans. Falls alleges to have experienced serious difficulty accessing the property due to there being an architectural barrier prohibiting him from gaining access. He alleges that there is no ramp or handicapped-accessible entrance that he may use.
He is seeking for the court to issue an order directing the defendant to make the property accessible to and useable by individuals with mobility disabilities; asking to court to order the defendant to change its policies to reflect the ADA and the FHA regulations; damages; court fees and attorney costs; and any other relief deemed just by the court. He is represented by Andrew D. Bizer, Garret S. DeReus and Amanda K. Klevorn from the offices of The Bizer Law Firm in New Orleans.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:16-CV-00817-SM-JCW