Disability Access Suit Aims to Close The Rink

Federal lawsuit filed against skating rink by same attorney who sued Squeeze Inn in 2009.

A Rancho Cordova man wants to shut down a Rosemont business until the owners provide better wheelchair access.

Spladae Moore filed a civil suit in federal court Thursday against The Rink, a skating facility on Bradshaw Road.  In the suit, Moore, who is disabled and uses a wheelchair, claims the business doesn't comply with the 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act and should close until restrooms, tables and the snack bar are made wheelchair-accessible.

Moore is also seeking unspecified damages.

The suit names a Chico firm called Bradshaw Bar Group as a defendant along with Sacramento developers Charles and Bruce Fite.  A fourth defendant, R. Grant Jordan, was also named.

When reached at his Sacramento office today, Charles Fite said he was not aware of a lawsuit filed against him and said he had no information about the case.

The other defendants named in the case did not return voicemail messages before this story was posted.  Jordan, a Sacramento doctor, passed away in 2010.

In the lawsuit, Moore claims he is suing the Rink after visiting the skating facility for a birthday party in February 2012. According to court documents obtained by Rosemont Patch, the skating facility "is not accessible to persons in wheelchairs; the snack bar is not accessible on either side of its entrance; (and) there are no tables accessible for wheelchairs."

The filing does not provide more details about the skating rink's accessibility.

Moore's attorney is Jason Singleton, better known as the lawyer who sued The Squeeze Inn in 2009, a Sacramento restaurant on Fruitridge Road that was forced to move because of the lawsuit.

Singleton was not available for comment Friday.

According to adacrisis.com, a web site that monitors ADA lawsuits, Singleton has filed 241 accessibility cases since 1997.

The Rink reopened .  Formerly King's Skate Country, the skating facility opened May 31, 2011

A pre-trial hearing has been set for October 4, 2012 at the U.S. district court in Sacramento.

Tennessy Smith June 07, 2012 at 06:24 AM
James T. it states that Mr. Moore was there for a birthday party not just someone driving around looking for places to sue. And if he was there for the whole session which is about 3hrs why should he not be able to use the bathroom? Should he leave and go home? I've been to The Rink just recently and it didn't look like they were doing any kind of renovations. And if Mr. Moore went there in February there should be some kind of chances going on. Those owners are full of lies, talking about they were in the process of making chances. Well they said they received the "friendly" letter which was probably in February after he first went there for a party. When I took my kids to the Rink a few weeks ago I didn't see nothing going on. There just full of lies.
George Martin June 07, 2012 at 07:55 AM
Does someone track the complainers to see if they ever patronize the businesses after they comply? Perhaps that should be published periodically.
James T. June 07, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Tennessy- did Mr. Moore ask for assistance? Was he denied assistance? Has he been back to patronize this business after going potty at home because he loves the Rink so much? If you owned a business and had to deal with one of these frivolous lawsuits you would know that you wait until the lawsuit is filed before you complete your renovations. This is a bit above your pay grade but the reason is so you know EXACTLY what needs to be done to protect you from further lawsuits. When Jason Singleton sends you a "friendly letter" you have to stop funding RENOVATIONS and start funding LAWYERS. Then you do what the lawyers tell you until you get to see a judge. OTHERWISE after you spend $10k plus in ADA compliance, Singleton goes in and says your doorway is 1/16 of an inch out of spec and you have to close down anyway. Is this too difficult to understand?
Joe Black June 07, 2012 at 11:39 PM
@ James T you sound so foolish! First off why would someone have to ask a business to please help put me on the toliet to go to bathroom. Im sure you would ask for someone to help you on and off the toliet. Second off why would a business wait to get sued to fix issues, they have specialist that surveys places for ADA compliance so they would not have to be sued. So they should have did research in this matter. Shame on them for being cheap!!
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