Narrow Winn-Dixie Court Opinion Limits Certain Types of Web Accessibility Lawsuits in three U.S. States

Narrow Winn-Dixie Court Opinion Limits Certain Types of Web Accessibility Lawsuits in three U.S. States

Posted on April 11, 2021

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This is an article about a court Opinion in the United States. The court found that the website of the Winn-Dixie grocery store did not have to be accessible to blind shoppers. The ruling only applies in three states — Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. The court said that because people couldn’t buy anything through the Winn-Dixie website it was not covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Two judges agreed that Winn-Dixie should win the case. One judge disagreed and thought the blind person should win. This court is the only one in the country to have such a narrow view of the ADA. This opinion ignores the civil rights of disabled people but it should not stop site owners from building websites that work for everyone.

In 2017 the first federal court web accessibility trial in the United States was held in a Miami Florida courtroom. When the trial was over, the judge ruled that the Winn-Dixie grocery chain violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by maintaining an inaccessible website.

Winn-Dixie appealed the ruling. More than three years later, on April [...]

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