Appeals court reinstates ADA suit brought against college by student with hearing loss

By Fred Cohen Last June, I discussed a federal district (i.e., trial) court decision in the case of Argenyi v. Creighton University, 2011 WL 4431177 (D. Neb. 2011) (not reported elsewhere). The court granted summary judgment to Creighton, the defendant, finding, in effect, that no further discovery, and certainly not a trial, was necessary because…

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Communications barriers for inmates with hearing loss are a recipe for recidivism

By Fred Cohen Prisons are not supposed to be pleasant, accommodating facilities, correct? Do the crime, do the time echoes through the neighborhood bar and on the first tee at a more remote country club. The problem with this thinking is that our prisons are so unaccommodating that when those who have done their time…

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Movie fans with hearing loss triumph in Washington State appeals court

By Fred Cohen HearingHealthMatters.org has published several posts on the Hearing News Watch blog in recent months discussing various aspects of accommodating hearing-impaired patrons of movie theaters. (See posts from April 5, 2012; May 2, 2012 ; and July 24, 2012. ) None of these focused on litigation in the area and there was no…

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High-Intensity Acoustic Devices as Weapons: A look at the Legalities

By Fred Cohen It began innocently enough. A Pittsburgh newspaper announces a settlement with a professor who suffered hearing loss in September 2009 during the Group of 20 economic summit. The professor was in Pittsburgh studying the possible impact of protests on monetary policy and was about 100 feet away from a Long Range Acoustic…

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