V. James DeSimone of Schonbrun DeSimone Seplow Harris Hoffman & Harrison, LLP, says, "This settlement levels the playing field for baseball fans who use wheelchairs and their companions"
Venice and Anaheim, CA (PRWEB) March 15, 2012
On March 9, 2012, the United States District Court of the Central District of California granted preliminary approval of the class action settlement agreement in the lawsuit (Case No. SACV 10-0853 DOC (ANx)) filed by J. Paul Charlebois against Angels Baseball LP and the City of Anaheim on behalf of a nationwide class of wheelchair users.
Today, March 14, 2012, notices were sent to class members who have previously purchased wheelchair accessible tickets in the last two years advising them of the improved accommodations, amenities and online ticket access. Final Approval of the accessibility component of the settlement will be heard on April 2, 2012.
As a result of the settlement, Angel Stadium of Anaheim, known for its fan friendly experience throughout the baseball community, is taking enhanced measures for 2012 to provide additional benefits and amenities to guests who require the use of a wheelchair and their companions in prime locations of the ballpark.
The following changes will be implemented:
1. Two wheelchair accessible locations will be added within the current configuration of the Diamond Club, with in-seat food and beverage service provided. Each additional wheelchair location will have one companion seat next to it.
2. Diamond Club Accessible Tickets will be sold at a discounted rate of $50 per game for fans who prequalify as having a need. To pre-qualify to purchase the discounted tickets, fans must submit written documentation from a licensed physician verifying need or sign an affidavit of need for use of a wheelchair.
3. In-seat food and beverage service is being added to 32 accessible locations and companion seats in select areas of the Terrace Level. Pricing for these tickets will remain the same.
4. Four additional wheelchair accessible tickets and companion seats will be available in the Knothole Club and offered for sale until 24 hours prior to the scheduled start of a game.
5. Wheelchair accessible and companion seating, for the first time, will now be available for purchase on-line, in the same manner available to the general public.
At the same time, the organization will coordinate training for ushers, ticket sales and customer service representatives with personnel from the Disability Rights Legal Center in making certain they have a complete and thorough knowledge of all wheelchair accessible seating and pricing options, as well as information regarding in-seat food and beverage services.
Plaintiff’s counsel V. James DeSimone of Schonbrun DeSimone Seplow Harris Hoffman & Harrison, LLP, says, "This settlement levels the playing field for baseball fans who use wheelchairs and their companions. We are particularly pleased that wheelchair users will have access to the best seats in the house at a reduced price and for the first time will enjoy in-seat dining on the Terrace Level of the Stadium. Play ball!”