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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. AMC ENTERTAINMENT

November 29, 2010

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
PLAINTIFF,
v.
AMC ENTERTAINMENT, INC, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Judge: S. James Otero

THOMAS E. PEREZ Assistant Attorney General JS-6 Civil Rights Division SAMUEL BAGENSTOS Deputy Assistant Attorney General ANDRE BIROTTE, Jr. United States Attorney JOHN L. WODATCH, Chief PHILIP L. BREEN, Special Legal Counsel RENEE M. WOHLENHAUS, Deputy Chief Disability Rights Section LEON M. WEIDMAN Assistant United States Attorney MICHELE MARCHAND Assistant United States Attorney GRETCHEN E. JACOBS PHYLLIS M. COHEN U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. 1425 N.Y. Avenue Building Disability Rights Section Washington, D.C. 20530 Telephone: (202) 514-9584 Facsimile: (202) 307-1198 gretchen.jacobs@usdoj.gov Counsel for Plaintiff United States of America

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CONSENT ORDER ON LINE OF SIGHT REMEDIES

DATE: N/A TIME: N/A

Table of Contents

1. Definitions .....................................................................................................2

2. Settlement of Ongoing Litigation ..................................................................8

2.1 Final Settlement ...................................................................................... 8

2.2 Good Faith Efforts .................................................................................. 9

2.3 Entry of Final Judgment. ....................................................................... 10

2.4 Compliance With Consent Order .......................................................... 10

3. General Requirements for All Stadium-Style Theaters .............................. 12

3.1 Unobstructed View of the Screen ......................................................... 12

3.2 Companion Seating ............................................................................... 12

3.3 Wheelchair Spaces Not Permitted in First Row ................................... 13

3.4 Relocation of Wheelchair and Companion Seat ................................... 14

3.5 Non-Line of Sight Remedial Order Unaffected .................................... 14

3.6 Additional Wheelchair Spaces .............................................................. 14

4. Accessibility Requirements for Existing Theaters ...................................... 15

4.1 Fifth Circuit Theaters ............................................................................ 16

4.2 Theaters In Neighborhoods ................................................................... 18

4.3 Theaters Without Neighbors ................................................................. 26

4.4 Other Specified Existing Theaters. ....................................................... 30

4.5 Notice to Patrons of Modifications to Existing Theaters ...................... 41

5. Newly Acquired Theaters ............................................................................ 42

5.1 Newly Acquired Theaters Located In the Fifth Circuit ........................ 43

5.2 Newly Acquired Theaters Within Existing Neighborhood. .................43

5.3 Newly Acquired Theaters Outside Existing Neighborhoods ................ 44

5.4 Notice to Patrons of Modifications to Newly Acquired Theaters ........ 47

6. Standards for Future Construction Theaters ............................................... 48

6.1 Unobstructed View of the Screen. ........................................................ 48

6.2 Integration of Wheelchair Spaces. ........................................................ 48

6.3 Relationship of Wheelchair and Companion Seating ........................... 48

6.4 Location of Accessible Seating In Stadium Section ............................. 48

7. Required Time Frames for Implementation of Consent Order ................... 50

7.1 Modifications to Existing Theaters ....................................................... 50

7.2 Expedited Modifications to Certain Existing Theaters ......................... 51

7.3 Modifications to Newly Acquired Theaters .......................................... 52

7.4 Future Construction Theater Requirements .......................................... 52

8. Annual Reports and Other Compliance Matters ......................................... 53

8.1 AMC Annual Reports ........................................................................... 53

8.2 Inspection of Covered Theaters ............................................................ 53

8.3 Procedures for Resolving Compliance Issues ....................................... 54

8.4 Delivery of Notice to the Parties ........................................................... 55

9. Monetary Relief for DOJ Complainants ..................................................... 56

9.1 AMC Monetary Payment ...................................................................... 56

9.2 Identification of DOJ Complainants ..................................................... 56

9.3 Disbursement of Checks ....................................................................... 57

10. Payment to the United States ...................................................................... 57

11. Miscellaneous Provisions ............................................................................ 58

11.1 Entire Consent Order ............................................................................ 58

11.2 Public Document ................................................................................... 58

11.3 Consent Order Binding on Parties and Successors in Interest .............. 58

11.4 Other Companies Or Claimants. ........................................................... 58

11.5 Term of the Consent Order. .................................................................. 58

11.6 Severability ........................................................................................... 59

11.7 Signatories Bind Parties. ....................................................................... 60

11.8 Force Majeure. ...................................................................................... 60

11.9 No Protection for Theaters Not Covered by Consent Order. ................ 60

PRELIMINARY MATTERS

Over a decade ago, the United States filed this action to enforce provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") against defendants American Multi-Cinema, Inc. and AMC Entertainment Inc. [hereinafter collectively referred to as "AMC"]. AMC has at all times denied any violation of law and nothing in this Consent Order constitutes an admission by AMC of any violation of Title III of the ADA, its implementing regulations, or any allegation made by the United States in this action. The United States recognizes that AMC has cooperated and demonstrated a commitment to providing persons with disabilities equal access to AMC's stadium-style movie theaters. The United States and AMC jointly present the following Consent Order on Line of Sight Remedies, which fully resolves all remaining remedial matters in this lawsuit.

WHEREFORE, the Parties agree and stipulate to the Court's entry of the Consent Order on Line of Sight Remedies and final judgment pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 58; and

WHEREFORE, the Consent Order on Line of Sight Remedies provides as follows:

1. Definitions

The Parties agree and stipulate that the certain terms shall be defined for purposes of this Consent Order as follows:

1.1"ADA" shall mean and refer to the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 12101, et seq.

1.2"ADA-Mandated Wheelchair Space" or "ADA-Mandated Wheelchair Seat" shall mean and refer to the number of required Wheelchair Spaces within public assembly areas as set forth in 28 C.F.R. pt. 36, Appendix A, § 4.1.3(19)(a).

1.3"ADA Standards" or "Standards" shall mean and refer to the Department of Justice Standards for Accessible Design as set forth at 28 C.F.R. pt. 36, Appendix A.

1.4"AMC" shall mean and refer to, collectively, defendants American Multi-Cinema, Inc. and AMC Entertainment Inc.

1.5"Auditorium" shall mean and refer to a room in a Stadium-Style Theater Complex with a screen for the public exhibition of motion pictures and seating for some or all movie patrons in the Stadium Section.

1.6"Companion Seat" or "Companion Seating" shall mean and refer to fixed seating within an Auditorium that is located next to a Wheelchair Space as required by 28 C.F.R. pt. 36, Appendix A, § 4.33.3.

1.7"Consent Order" or "Order" shall mean and refer to this "Consent Order on Line of Sight Remedies," including all attached or referenced appendices.

1.8"Cross-Aisle" shall mean and refer to a level pathway between sections of seats in an Auditorium that runs parallel to the screen and is intended for circulation of movie patrons. A Cross-Aisle may be located either in the Traditional Section or on a Riser in the Stadium Section.

1.9"Designated Neighborhood Theater" shall mean and refer to the one or more Stadium-Style Theater(s) in an AMC Neighborhood designated in accordance with the terms of §§ 4.2(A), 5.2 or 5.3 of this Consent Order. A full and complete list of Designated Neighborhood Theaters as of the Effective Date is attached to this Order as Appendix C.

1.10"Department" or "DOJ" shall mean and refer to the United States Department of Justice.

1.11"DOJ Complainant" shall mean and refer to a person with a disability

(a) whose complaint to the Department of Justice regarding accessibility issues at one or more AMC Stadium-Style Theaters was investigated by the Department and found to be meritorious, or (b) who was identified by the Department of Justice during the course of this litigation and, through subsequent interview or deposition, determined to have been affected adversely by accessibility issues at one or more AMC Stadium-Style Theaters.

1.12"Effective Date" of this Consent Order shall mean and refer to the date on which this Consent Order is entered on the docket by the Clerk for the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

1.13"Existing Theater" shall mean and refer to a Stadium-Style Theater Complex that is owned, leased, or operated by AMC as of the Effective Date of this Consent Order. A full and complete list of Existing Theaters as of ...


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