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Hotel Sued For Excluding Blind Sends Lawyer Late But Says It Wants To Settle in SDNY

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 19 – In Federal court in Manhattan, amid the COVID-19 pandemic and inmates complaining of lack of soap and light bulb there is still litigation about darkness, for example a lawsuit against a hotel in Gramercy Park for being inaccessible to the blind.  

 The Marcel At Gramercy hotel was sued on this basis and it nearing settlement, they say. On May 21 a conference was held before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Lewis J. Liman. Inner City Press covered it. 

 The hotel's counsel Thomas Bizzaro was initially not on the call; he said it was not on his calendar. When the conference began, the parties said they were discussion settlement.

  Judge Liman set a next conference in eight weeks, and told them if it is not settled to file a case management plan the day before, and to be prepared for a trial date. Write this date down in your calendars, he advised them.

The case is Duncan v. Marcel At Gramercy LLC, 19-cv-7925 (Liman). 


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