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Dunn v. Eagle Holdings, LLC

United States District Court, M.D. Alabama, Northern Division

June 4, 2015

PATRICK DUNN, Plaintiff,
EAGLE HOLDINGS, LLC, et al., Defendants.


PAUL W. GREENE, Magistrate Judge.

As discussed more fully in the Memorandum Opinion and Order entered on February 23, 2015 (Doc. 62), this matter is before the court on Plaintiff's motion for summary judgment. (Doc. 33). Defendants do not oppose the motion on its merits; rather, Defendants argue that they remediated all ADA barriers alleged in Plaintiff's Complaint at the subject property, [1] and, as a result, this lawsuit is moot. Mootness implicates the court's subject matter jurisdiction over this dispute. See, e.g., Sheely v. MRI Radiology Network, P.A., 505 F.3d 1173, 1182 (11th Cir. 2007). Plaintiff disputes that Defendants remediated the subject property. However, at the time the court deemed the motion for summary judgment as being under submission, there was insufficient evidence of record to inform on the present condition of the subject property, which is material to mootness. (Doc. 62).

Despite the court's reservations that Defendants could demonstrate mootness, the parties were directed to conduct limited discovery to determine the condition of the subject property. (Doc. 62 at pp. 9-10). Plaintiff's expert examined the subject property and the parties filed status reports.[2] Plaintiff's expert authored a supplemental report that details his opinion that the subject property is not ADA compliant, specifically as to Plaintiff's claims asserted in the Complaint. (Docs. 74 & 74-1). According to Plaintiff's status report, five areas of injunctive relief set out in the Complaint are moot. (Doc. 74). Twelve of Plaintiff's requests for injunctive relief remain at issue as do the questions of whether Defendants were in violation of the ADA at the time the Complaint was filed and whether Defendants remain in violation of the ADA. (Docs. 74 & 74-1).

Defendants continue to argue that they remediated "any possible" ADA violations at the subject property as well as "all" of Plaintiff's alleged barriers. (Doc. 39 at p. 4; Doc. 74-4). In support of their position that the subject property is fully compliant with the ADA, Defendants represent that they obtained an "inspection from the City of Prattville, Building Department... on March 16, 2015 and on that same day [the inspector] provided a letter stating that no violations were found." (Doc. 74-4 at p. 1 and Exhibit A thereto).[3] Presumably, Defendants offer this as evidence that the subject property was ADA compliant on March 16, 2015. Because Defendants represent that the subject property is ADA compliant and Plaintiff presents evidence that it is not, there is a genuine dispute of material fact as to both the question of ADA compliance and Plaintiff's specific petitions for injunctive relief to cure the alleged non-compliance. Plaintiff's motion for summary judgment is, therefore, due to be denied.

Also, Defendants failed to meet their high burden to show that this case is moot; therefore, the court retains subject matter jurisdiction. See Sheely, 505 F.3d at 1182-84; Sweet Pea Marine, Ltd. v. APJ Marine, Inc., 411 F.3d 1242, 1247 (11th Cir. 2005); Univ. of S. Ala. v. The Am. Tobacco Co., 168 F.3d 405, 410 (11th Cir. 1999).

Accordingly, it is ORDERED that Plaintiff's motion for summary judgment (Doc. 33) is DENIED.

This matter will be set for a final pretrial hearing by a separate order.


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