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New York Federal Dockets Flooded With Cases Alleging That Failing To Provide A Gift Card With Braille Violates The ADA

By Seyfarth Shaw LLP on November 4, 2019
Posted in Auxiliary Aids and Services, Title III Access

By Minh N. Vu and John W. Egan

Seyfarth Synopsis:  Enterprising plaintiffs in New York are suing more than 100 businesses under a new theory – – that ADA Title III requires Braille gift cards.

Between Thursday, October 24 and as recently as last Friday, over 100 putative class action lawsuits (and counting) have been filed against businesses for violations of ADA Title III, as well as the New York State and City Human Rights Laws in the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.  The complaints are nearly identical and assert the same theory: A business that provides a gift card for purchase, but does not offer a Braille version, is committing discrimination against individuals who are blind or have visual impairments.

There are 11 plaintiffs and 4 law firms that have filed these cases.  Coincidentally, these are the same litigants [...]

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