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- Wednesday, 31 October 2012 13:41
Burger King Wheelchair Access Class Action Settlement
By Mike Holter
A California federal judge on Friday approved a $19 million class action lawsuit settlement with Burger King Corp. over allegations its restaurants do not provide wheelchair access in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Class Members of the Burger King settlement stand to receive over $8,200 each, according to the Class Counsel.
The Burger King wheelchair access settlement will resolve a 2011 class action lawsuit, titled Vallabhapurapu, et al v. Burger King Corporation, that alleges 86 Burger King restaurants in California have – or have had any time since October 2006 – barriers to customers who use wheelchairs or scooters. Examples of these types of barriers include: narrow “queue lines,” doors that are too narrow or difficult to open; inaccessible restrooms, seating and parking; inaccessible condiments, napkins and other items; and other wheelchair or scooter access problems.
Burger King denies any wrongdoing but has agreed to establish a $19 million class action lawsuit settlement to resolve the litigation, as well as to provide significant injunctive relief. The company has already removed most of the alleged access barriers at the restaurants involved and will be making additional improvements to access.
Class Members of the Burger King wheelchair access class action settlement include all customers who use a wheelchair or scooter for mobility and encountered access problems at one of the 86 California Burger King restaurants listed here and on the second page of the Settlement Notice.
Plaintiff attorneys estimate the average recovery per Class Member will be over $8,200, after deductions for attorney’s fees and costs.
The ONLY way to receive money from the Burger King ADA class action lawsuit settlement is to submit a Claim Form by November 15, 2012. You can obtain a Claim Form by visiting www.BurgerKingClassAction.net or by calling 1-888-569-9477. If you do not opt-in, you will not be eligible to receive any money from the settlement fund.
Further details on the Burger King Wheelchair/Scooter Access Class Action Lawsuit Settlement can be found at www.BurgerKingClassAction.net.
UPDATE 11.1.12: Top Class Actions readers have pointed out that the Settlement Website (www.BurgerKingClassAction.net) is not working at this time. You can also access the Claim Form and Settlement Notice by going to www.foxrob.com. The Claim Form is located on page 106 of the Settlement Agreement (link here). You can also obtain a Claim Form by calling 1-888-569-9477.
UPDATE 3.12.13: Court approves extension of settlement payout deadline to allow Class Members more time to submit documents supporting their claims. Some Class Members are already reporting having their claim denials reversed!
Updated March 12th, 2013
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