[thelist] US Judge rules that ADA applies to websites

Judah McAuley judah at wiredotter.com
Mon Sep 11 12:06:50 CDT 2006

Judge Marilyn Hall Patel in the 9th District has ruled that the 
Americans with Disability Act (ADA) applies to companies public 
websites. Target tried to get the court to dismiss the class action 
lawsuit that complained that their target.com website violated equal 
access clauses of the ADA by not allowing blind users to be able to 
successfully shop and complete a transaction. Target argued that none of 
the US civil rights laws apply to the Internet, only physical 
structures. In this decision, Judge Patel ruled that the ADA does apply 
to Internet-based businesses and that the class action lawsuit can proceed.


Now you can go to your clients and explain that having an accessible 
website is not only a polite thing, it may also keep you from getting sued.


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