Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Landmark Precedent in NAD (National Association of the Deaf) vs. Netflix

By Admin - National Association of the Deaf


June 19, 2012
FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT IN MASSACHUSETTS FIRST IN COUNTRY TO HOLD THAT THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT APPLIES TO WEBSITE-ONLY BUSINESSES

Judge Denies Netflix’s Motion For Judgment On The Pleadings And Allows Disability Civil Rights Case, National Association Of The Deaf, Et Al. V. Netflix, Case No. 3:11-Cv-30168, To Move Forward


The National Association of the Deaf (“NAD”), the nation’s premier civil rights organization of deaf and hard of hearing individuals, won a major victory today when Judge Ponsor denied defendant Netflix’s Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings seeking dismissal of the case. The District Court of Massachusetts is the first court in the country to hold that the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) applies to website-only businesses. The underlying lawsuit alleges that Netflix violates the ADA by failing to provide closed captioning on most of its “Watch Instantly” programming streamed on the Internet, thereby denying equal access to the deaf and hard of hearing community.

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