[thelist] Judge: Disabilities Act doesn't cover Web

Feingold Josh S Josh.S.Feingold at irs.gov
Mon Oct 21 14:21:01 CDT 2002

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I know this has been of interest of late:

A federal judge ruled Friday that Southwest Airlines does not have to revamp
its Web site to make it more accessible to the blind.
In the first case of its kind, U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz said the
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies only to physical spaces such
as restaurants and movie theaters and not to the Internet.

"To expand the ADA to cover 'virtual' spaces would be to create new rights
without well-defined standards," Seitz wrote in a 12-page opinion dismissing
the case. "The plain and unambiguous language of the statute and relevant
regulations does not include Internet Web sites."

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