Judge: private firm must pay damages over website not usable by blind

How crazy is the Federal government and our courts?  Why does a court demand that a private company make its website “usable” by the blind?  If one firm is forced to do this, then all firms must—and the cost could kill small businesses that use the Internet to sell products.  Yes, Amazon can afford to make the changes—but can the local boutique?  The good news is that firms in other countries don’t have courts that want them dead.

“. Disabled rights litigators, assisted by the Obama administration, have been battering away at these precedents for years, and in March they secured a significant win as a California Superior Court judge ordered a private company, Colorado Bag ‘N’ Baggage, to pay $4,000 to a blind customer and revise its website.”

We might not survive the next 240 days of the Obama Administration.  Between the BO Executive Orders, his lawlessness, the releasing of vicious terrorist back to the Middle East, Obama could also be the death of the Democrat Party—they have to answer for his actions.

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Judge: private firm must pay damages over website not usable by blind

Walter Olson,  Overlawyered, 5/19/16

A number of court precedents suggest that private websites are generally not among the public accommodations and places of business subject to the handicap accessibility mandates of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Disabled rights litigators, assisted by the Obama administration, have been battering away at these precedents for years, and in March they secured a significant win as a California Superior Court judge ordered a private company, Colorado Bag ‘N’ Baggage, to pay $4,000 to a blind customer and revise its website. Notably, the judge’s ruling came in response to a summary judgment motion by the plaintiff, implying that in his view the business’s defense was not strong enough to justify trial [Bob Dorigo Jones, Jacob Gershman/WSJ Law Blog, Amanda Robert/Legal NewsLine/Forbes] If the notion of legally obligatory web accessibility were accepted, quite a large share of existing websites would be far out of compliance, with likely consequences including the emergence of cash-seeking filing mills and pressure to take down countless existing websites used for business, community and nonprofit activity, journalism, and so forth. More at our web accessibility tag.

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