Bank sued for not having accessible ATMs for blind people

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Jun. 26, 2012, 5:36am


SHERMAN - A Plano bank is being sued for failing to have ATMs that are fully accessible to blind people by having operational voice-guidance features.

Richard Davis, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed suit against Amegy Bank N.A. on June 21 in the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division.

On March 15, 2012, Davis visited one of defendant's ATMs located at 2601 Dallas Parkway in Plano.

He states that at the time of his visit the ATM was not fully accessible to, and independently usable by, blind people. Specifically, he notes that the voice-guidance feature on the machine was not operational and that the defendant has other machines that do not have functioning voice-guidance features.

The defendant is accused of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The plaintiff is asking the Court to issue an injunction directing the defendant to take all steps necessary to bring the ATMs into full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and for an award of damages, court costs, and attorney's fees.

Davis is represented by R. Bruce Carlson of Carlson Lynch Ltd. in Pittsburgh, Penn., and Emil Lippe Jr. of Lippe & Associates in Dallas.

U.S. District Judge Richard A. Schell is assigned to the case.

Case No. 4:12-cv-00377

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