Nationwide Class Can Sue Over Hollister Entrances

     (CN) – A federal judge certified a nationwide class that claims Hollister, the Abercrombie & Fitch subsidiary, is not accessible to shoppers in wheelchairs.
     The complaint in the District of Colorado takes issue with elevated porch-style entrances at some 249 Hollister stores around the country.
     Hollister offers no alternative entrance for shoppers who cannot walk up the front steps, the class claims.
     Lead plaintiffs Anita Hansen, Julie Farrar and the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition sought nationwide class certification after winning a judgment last year against Hollister stores at two malls in Colorado.
     Chief U.S. District Judge Wiley Daniel found that those store’s “center front elevated entrances” violated the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).
     The fifth amended complaint seeks an injunction under the ADA to compel Hollister to alter all of its entrances.
     Wiley certified the class Friday to include “all people with disabilities who use wheelchairs for mobility who, during the two years prior to the filing of the complaint in this case, were denied the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations of any Hollister Co. Store in the United States on the basis of disability because of the presence of an elevated entrance.”

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