The California Court of Appeal ruled yesterday that the Mervyns department store chain must find ways to make all merchandise accessible to consumers with disabilities.
The impact of the ruling on Mervyns is not clear because the the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday.
In a 2002 lawsuit, advocates had claimed that Mervyns denied access to people with mobility impairments by placing merchandise displays too close together. A lower court had found that making changes to existing stores would be too costly, and said modifications should be made only at the company’s new stores.
Mervyns maintained that the cost of changing store layouts could cause financial hardships and store closures.