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Court dismisses ADA claim against Pier I


New York City -- A federal appellate court in California has dismissed a lawsuit filed against Pier I by a disabled patron who claims he was unable to navigate the company’s store in Vacaville, Calif., because of architectural features that inhibited his movement, according to Dallas Business Journal.

Bryon Chapman filed suit against Pier 1 Imports in July 2004, claiming he came across interior design barriers during a visit that impeded his access. But the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed the claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act on Friday, saying Chapman lacked standing in the case since “he has not alleged or proven that he personally suffered discrimination as defined by the ADA as to encountered barriers (at Pier 1) on account of his disability,” court records say.

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