U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland is now deciding what improvements the company must make to the 220 stores it owns in California and how much to fine the fast-food chain.
Hamilton ruled Wednesday after presiding over a weeklong trial in June that examined one store in San Pablo, which is being used as an example of all the company-owned California locations. Hamilton says the San Pablo store failed to provide proper handicap parking, wheelchair access and other accommodations for the disabled.
The ruling was prompted by a class action lawsuit filed in December 2002.
Taco Bell is owned by Louisvile, Ky.-based Yum Brands Inc.