UNL pays $20K to settle disabled parking lawsuit

Posted by: KLKN Newsroom, 8@klkntv.com

(AP) The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will pay a Lincoln man $20,000 to settle a federal lawsuit accusing the university of illegally closing down handicapped parking stalls on campus during Nebraska home football games.

Richard Norton Jr. sued UNL in 2012 after he says he was not allowed to park in a handicapped stall outside of the University of Nebraska State Museum during a home football game in 2010. Norton says he was told the handicapped spots were being held for university donors.

Norton, who suffers from a physical disability, says he was forced to park several blocks away, and the walk hurt him to the point of having to seek medical treatment.

Norton's attorney, Kathleen Neary, says the settlement was reached in December, and a judge dismissed the lawsuit Thursday.