Class-Action settlement Regarding Lashbrook v. City of San Jose Case No. 20-cv-01236-NC

On May 27, 2020, a federal court granted preliminary approval for the settlement of a class action lawsuit about lack of curb ramps in the City of San Jose. The lawsuit is on behalf of people with mobility disabilities who use wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, or other devices.

 

Class-Action Settlement Regarding Lashbrook v. City of San Jose -
Case No. 20-cv-01236-NC

On May 27, 2020, a federal court granted preliminary approval for the settlement of a class action lawsuit about lack of curb ramps in the City of San Jose. The lawsuit is on behalf of people with mobility disabilities who use wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, or other devices.

Under the settlement, the City will put in or fix about 27,621 curb ramps on City sidewalks and street crossings over the next 18 years. The federal court will hold a hearing to finally approve the settlement on September 2, 2020, at 1:00 in the afternoon.

  • From 2020 to 2030, the City agreed to put in or fix 1,944 curb ramps on City sidewalks and street crossings each year. This is one of the highest yearly curb ramp amounts for any city in the United States. For the first 10 years, from 2020 to 2030, ramps will be put in at corners where there are no ramps now, or they will replace curb ramps that are in the worst shape.  
  • From 2031 to 2038, the City will put in or fix 807 curb ramps per year. The City will spend at least $13 million each year from 2020 to 2030 doing this curb ramp work. 
  • From 2031 through 2038, the City will spend at least 10% of its pavement budget on curb ramp work. This work will help the City of San Jose make sure that its sidewalk corners and street crossings are accessible to all residents and visitors with mobility impairments.

If you object to the settlement, you must tell the court in writing before August 14, 2020.  The attached notice tells you more details about the settlement and how to make an objection.

Significant Documents

Notice of Proposed Settlement (pdf)