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Legal Precedent Set For Web Accessibility

Filed under: Accessibility — spiderwebwoman at 8:28 am on Friday, September 8, 2006

Federal judge sustains discrimination claims against Target; precedent establishes that retailers must make their websites accessible to the blind under the ADA

Berkeley, CA (September 7, 2006): A federal district court judge ruled yesterday that a retailer may be sued if its website is inaccessible to the blind.  The ruling was issued in a case brought by the National Federation of the Blind against Target Corp. (Northern District of California Case No. C 06-01802 MHP)

The suit charges that Target's website http://www.target.com is inaccessible to the blind, and therefore violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. (ADA), the California Unruh Civil Rights Act, and the California Disabled Persons Act.  Target asked the court to dismiss the action by arguing that no law requires Target to make its website accessible.  The Court denied Target's motion to dismiss and held that the federal and state civil rights laws do apply to a website such as target.com.


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