Service dogs are becoming increasingly common, as are untrained dogs whose owners want to bring their dogs with them. And the problem is only getting worse. This presents pitfalls and problems for business owners. Does the responsible business owner put up with misbehaving and possibly dangers animals or does she risk liability under the Americans with Disabilities Act for denying access to a legitimate service dog/handler team? We will discuss the federal laws governing service dogs and service dog access, as well as the differences between service dogs and emotional support animals.
Key topics to be discussed:
Federal law governing service dogs and service dog access
What are service dogs and emotional support animals
Where service dogs can go and where they can be prohibited
How to identify a legitimate service dog
When a business owner can ask a disabled handler to remove his service dog from the premises
Federal law governing emotional support animals
Date / Time: January 12, 2021
Nina I. Webb-Lawton | Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
Nina is a partner in the Vorys Columbus office and a member of the litigation practice group.
She has litigation experience in a broad range of areas, including toxic tort defense, employment, contract litigation, antitrust and appellate work. She has also advised clients on the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act.
Career highlights include:
● Serving as National Coordinating Counsel and on the national trial team for a Fortune 200 company, handling all asbestos litigation in California and other western states
● Representing eighteen retailers in a lawsuit before the Eastern District of New York alleging violations of the U.S. antitrust laws by Visa and MasterCard
● Being actively involved in supporting and defending Ohio’s asbestos reform legislation, House Bill 292
● Representing more than two dozen defendants in asbestos and benzene litigation throughout the state of Ohio. In that capacity, she represents clients in all aspects of litigation, including trial and appeal
Nina is admitted to practice in Ohio and California. Nina has spoken on the application of House Bill 292, Ohio’s asbestos reform legislation, and appellate law matters. Nina received her J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, where she was named to the Order of the Coif and was a member of the California Law Review. She received her B.A. in Russian and Soviet studies from Oberlin College and was Phi Beta Kappa.
Nina clerked for The Honorable William A. Ingram of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and The Honorable Susan J. Dlott of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.
I. Federal law governing service dogs and service dog access | 2:00pm – 2:10pm
II. What are service dogs and emotional support animals | 2:10pm – 2:20pm
III. Where service dogs can go and where they can be prohibited | 2:20pm – 2:30pm
IV. How to identify a legitimate service dog | 2:30pm – 2:40pm
V. When a business owner can ask a disabled handler to remove his service dog from the premises | 2:40pm – 2:50pm
VI. Federal law governing emotional support animals | 2:50pm – 3:00pm