Jenner & Block

Lawsuit Accuses Indiana Transportation Agency of Violating Rights of Disabled

Jenner & Block Partner Steven M. Siros and Associate Karen A. Waple will argue before a federal court this week that the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has violated the rights of disabled citizens by not providing adequate service to them as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and that the agency is not immune from lawsuits by such individuals.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Everybody Counts Center for Independent Living, a disabled persons advocacy group, contends that INDOT has misused federal funds earmarked for improving services to people with disabilities and that the agency has ignored repeated complaints about the lack of services.

INDOT has filed for summary judgment in the case, claiming that the agency is shielded from lawsuits by individuals.  Jenner & Block will oppose the motion at a Thursday hearing at the U.S. District Court for Northern Indiana.

In addition to Mr. Siros and Ms. Waple, the Jenner & Block legal team on this matter includes Associates Nada Djordjevic and Emma J. Sullivan.