Court Won't Stop Lawsuit Against Chipotle

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- April 18, 2011

The Supreme Court won't stop a disabled man's lawsuit against Chipotle Mexican Grill for having counters too high for a person in a wheelchair.

The high court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from the
Denver-based chain.

Maurizio Antoninetti sued when he found that he could not see
the Chipotle food preparers because of the height of the counters.
A federal judge ruled against him, saying Antoninetti had sued
dozens of other places for access violations and dropped the suit
after received cash settlements.

The judge said Antoninetti was insincere about wanting to return
and eat at Chipotle.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the judge's
ruling, saying Antoninetti's litigation history cannot be used
against him.

The case is Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. v. Maurizio
Antoninetti, 10-1051.

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  • by TomP Location: Madison on Apr 18, 2011 at 01:57 PM
    I'm 6'8" tall and just about every store has bathroom counters and signs hanging from the cieling that are too low for me. Can I sue too?
  • by Anonymous on Apr 18, 2011 at 01:06 PM
    Maybe we should sue him because he cannot stand up so we can see the BS in his eyes.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 18, 2011 at 12:39 PM
    This guy is a scumbag who makes a living suing businesses - so what if he's in a wheelchair, he's still a scumbag. Why can't the courts see that is what is going on here and throw this creep in jail? Scumbags like this make everything more expensive for all of us
  • by Vicious_Fish on Apr 18, 2011 at 12:08 PM
    Ridiculous! Another example of the death of common sense in America.
  • by Ugh! on Apr 18, 2011 at 10:33 AM
    If I can sue a place because I can't see the food preparers, does that mean I can sue Walmart for not being able to reach things on the top shelves?
  • by Nick Location: Tallahassee on Apr 18, 2011 at 09:19 AM
    The courts are fine and they work well. What needs improvement is the laws that the courts have to deal with, and those laws come from state and federal legislatures. Legislators seem less and less capable of writing clear laws that are not ridiculously over broad. Courts get the blame because they are the ones that have to actually make decisions based on these flawed laws.
  • by LLB Location: Tally on Apr 18, 2011 at 08:36 AM
    This guy sued because he couldn't see FOOD PREPARERS over the counter? What would he have done it they were behind a wall? He, and other wheelchair bound people, deserve access, but he's taking this too far. He is abusing the court system.
  • by Rodney Fincham Location: Tally on Apr 18, 2011 at 08:27 AM
    This is another reason, that our court system is broken. A person who uses the courts to make a living, This is a sad reflection of our culture today.
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