Disability laws were written to prevent substantial damage awards which would quickly end barriers to access.
Michael V. Longo, Lobel’s attorney in the case against Woodland Golf Club, said dropping the counts would keep Lobel from suing for millions in damages, but the case could still expand access to golf courses for people with disabilities.
“The whole point of the case is to be able to have disabled people play,” Longo told the Herald.
In November, Lobel, who said he is disabled and needs a specialized golf cart known as a SoloRider or ParaGolfer, sued the Woodland Golf Club in federal court for $250,000 for unlawful discrimination and violation of his civil rights, according to the suit.
Lobel, who is not a member of the club, alleged that Woodland told him the carts would be allowed on the course — but not on the greens or in the bunkers. He said he tried to have Woodland representatives talk with other golf courses that allow the carts, but Woodland refused, according to the suit.
Longo agreed to drop the three counts based on the Massachusetts Civil Rights Act, the state’s Public Accommodation Law and the state’s Equal Rights Act — preserving its main claim that the course’s action violated the U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act.
Lobel lawyer agrees to drop 3 of 4 counts