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DOJ Announces Groundbreaking ADA Settlement Agreement with WRF Client Vanguard

November 11, 2003

Washington, DC-At an October 27 press conference, Assistant Attorney General R. Alexander Acosta and executives from Vanguard Rental Car USA-owners and operators of the Alamo and National car rental companies-announced a groundbreaking agreement designed to ensure access to disabled customers as they travel between airport terminals and adjacent rental car lots.

In a settlement that sought to address the needs of the disabled community, Wiley Rein & Fielding client Vanguard agreed to provide a lift-equipped bus at every one of its company-owned airport locations within the next 60 days. This commitment ensures that disabled customers will enjoy services that go beyond what is required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The agreement is also noteworthy in that it gives Vanguard the flexibility to replace non lift-equipped buses in its fleet over time in accordance with the company's business needs, rather than establishing artificial and costly deadlines.

Assistant Attorney General Acosta heralded the agreement as "what can be accomplished when businesses work with the Department of Justice to negotiate a reasonable resolution that respects the rights of individuals with disabilities." Vanguard Chief Operating Officer Jeffry J. Parell noted that the agreement "means that wherever and whenever any Alamo or National customer travels, they can expect shuttle bus service at our corporate locations that is safe, fast and equipped to meet the needs of our disabled customers."