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Volume 27 No. 35
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49ers, Santa Clara Settle Disability Lawsuit For $14M

The 49ers and the city of Santa Clara have agreed to pay $24M to "make Levi's Stadium and its parking lot more accessible to people with disabilities in a proposed settlement with fans in wheelchairs." The fans had said that they "encountered barriers in buying tickets, parking, reaching their seats and even using the restrooms." The plaintiffs' lawyer Guy Wallace said that the settlement, now pending before a federal judge in San Jose, "would be the largest ever in a class-action lawsuit over physical access to a facility by the disabled." Wallace added that the "payments would be divided among people with mobility impairments -- perhaps as many as 6,000 -- who have had access problems at the stadium since it opened" in '14 (S.F. CHRONICLE, 10/10).