Mar 30, 2010 2:49 PM by Greg Boyce

Attorney agrees to pay in service dog dispute

A federal court has approved a consent decree with a Colorado Springs attorney accused of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The consent decree resolves a lawsuit filed Nov. 3 that alleged Patric LeHouillier wouldn't allow veterinarian Joan Murnane, her husband or her attorney into his office because Murnane was with her service dog.

LeHouillier and his law firm will pay $30,000 to Murnane, $10,000 to her husband and a $10,000 civil penalty. The complaint says Murnane has a brain injury and uses an Australian shepherd dog to help with balance, vision and other tasks. The complaint said LeHouillier feared the dog would soil his new carpet.

LeHouiller's attorney did not immediately return a request Tuesday for comment.


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