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Deaf Patient Asks SCOTUS for Rehearing in Damages Suit Loss (1)

May 25, 2022, 8:03 PMUpdated: May 25, 2022, 8:15 PM

A deaf woman who was denied a sign language interpreter by a Texas physical therapy group, allegedly in violation of federal anti-discrimination laws, asked the US Supreme Court to reconsider its decision that emotional distress damages aren’t available in disability bias suits.

Jane Cummings filed a petition for rehearing, saying that the “fundamental premise” for the decision conflicts with the text of the Rehabilitation Act and the Affordable Care Act and, therefore, must be vacated.

The nation’s top court affirmed the dismissal of Cummings’ lawsuit in April. She sought emotional distress damages for Premier Rehab Keller PLLC’s allegedly intentional discrimination ...