On 9/11/06, Judah McAuley <judah at wiredotter.com> wrote: > 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. > > http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/060907/cgth051.html?.v=55 > > 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. I have been following this, but I somehow suspect that this is being interpreted too broadly. I am waiting for a legal analysis of this, because I really can't see this single decision forcing companies to spend what would end up being a HUGE amount of money to make their sites ADA compliant. Specifically, the ruling is currently only applicable to sites which enhance the physical side of the business. See also: http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/09/09/224204 Interesting notes in Slashdot's comments: This may not establish a precedent: http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=196171&cid=16073367 This is not a decision but a refusal to dismiss the case: http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=196171&cid=16073518 -- Matt Warden Cleveland, OH, USA http://mattwarden.com This email proudly and graciously contributes to entropy.