Merit and his co-counsel, Seth Goldstein, initiated a lawsuit which is currently pending in Federal District Court in the Eastern District of California on behalf of a coalition of families of disable children, claiming:

1. For violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act
2. For violations of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
3. For violations of Section 1983 (Violation of the Fourth Amendment)
4. For violations of Section 1983 (Due Process/Wrongful Death)
5. For violations of Cal. Education Code § 220
6. For violations of the Unruh Civil Rights Act, Cal. Civ. Code § 51
7. For violations of the Ralph Act, Cal. Civ. Code § 51.7
8. For violations of the Bane Act, Cal. Civ. Code § 52.1
9. For Battery
10. For Assault
11. For False Imprisonment
12. For Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress
13. For Negligence
14. For Fraud
15. For Tortious Breach of the Duty of Good Faith and Fair Dealing
16. For Wrongful Death
17. For Negligence against HWC
18. For Strict Product Liability against HWC
19. For Product Liability-Negligent Design against HWC
20. Assault and Battery Pursuant to California Penal Code Section 206



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