In Byron Chapman v. Pier 1 Imports (U.S.), Inc., — F.3d — (9th Cir. Jan. 7, 2011), a unanimous Ninth Circuit en banc panel reversed the trial court finding that the plaintiff had standing to pursue claims for alleged barriers against Pier 1, instead holding that plaintiff’s complaint was “jurisdictionally defective” and that plaintiff “lacked standing at the outset of this litigation to assert the ADA claims.”  “This Case is important because the decision helps to rein in ‘drive by ADA litigants’ who file multiple lawsuits for profit, but have no real stake in the matters presented,” said lead appellate lawyer Laura Franze, who is Co-Chair of Hunton & Williams’ national employment group. “The Court adopted Pier 1’s position that — in order to comply with Article III standing requirements — an ADA plaintiff must not only clearly identify the alleged accessibility violations, but also connect the dots to show how he personally suffered discrimination under the ADA on account of his disability. ADA complainants cannot depend on formulaic recitation of the elements of a claim.”
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