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Building owners being held liable for ADA violations

Mike Helenthal Jun. 30, 2016, 3:51pm

CHICAGO – Though architects must pass a rigorous certification process, a string of recent court decisions -- including one involving the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) -- indicates building owners and developers aren’t able to hold them responsible if their finished building doesn’t meet federal access laws.

CHA can't collect $4.3 million from architect blamed for renovations running afoul of ADA, appeals panel says

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 15, 2015, 12:29pm

The Chicago Housing Authority should not be allowed to continue with its lawsuit to recover money from an architecture and design firm the CHA blames for causing it to spend an additional $4.3 million to retrofit newly renovated apartments to comply with federal disability access laws, a state appeals panel has ruled. On Dec. 11, a three-justice panel of the Illinois First District Appellate Court upheld the decision of Cook County Circuit Judge Ronald Bartkowicz.