Litigation

Occasionally, Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) will engage in litigation to protect the rights of Oregonians under applicable federal and state laws. Our work is driven by our case acceptance criteria, and litigation is undertaken when we believe it will cause substantial, systemic changes that will improve access and services for many people.

Read our latest news about our litigation efforts:

DRO helps American Council of the Blind make sure that Social Security provides alternate formats

DRO joined forces with the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Heller Ehrman LLP and the National Senior Citizens Law Center to file a class action lawsuit against the Social Security Administration (SSA) for failing to make critical benefits communications available in alternate formats to people with visual impairments. Continue Reading DRO helps American Council of the Blind make sure that Social Security provides alternate formats

Staley v. Kitzhaber settlement agreement ensures community based services for people with I/DD

The Staley settlement increased the availability of comprehensive residential services, established the statewide brokerage service system, and ultimately eliminated the wait list for community-based services. In 2009, Oregon closed its last institution for people with developmental disabilities. Continue Reading Staley v. Kitzhaber settlement agreement ensures community based services for people with I/DD

DRO and Oregon Law Center file class action lawsuit against Social Security

DRO and Oregon Law Center have filed a lawsuit to protect 700 people in the Portland Metro area from losing their April Social Security benefits. Read the Complaint here in PDF format: Burlingame v Colvin Complaint   Plaintiffs Brian Matthew Burlingame, Travis Gray, Roger Monhead, Gregory Whitten , and Arvid H. Kovacic Sr. and JOIN, a nonprofit… Continue Reading DRO and Oregon Law Center file class action lawsuit against Social Security