Party City loses bid to have website accessibility case thrown out
PITTSBURGH – Event superstore Party City found itself in a lawsuit on Sept. 6 when plaintiffs Rachel Gniewkowski, R. David New and Access Now Inc. sued the retailer in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, alleging that Party City’s website was not accessible to visually impaired consumers.
The plaintiffs allege a lack of accommodation that violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In October, while the Pennsylvania lawsuit was pending, Party City settled a
similar lawsuit filed by plaintiff Andres Gomez in Florida, entering into a confidential
settlement agreement for an undisclosed amount. Based on that action, Party City unsuccessfully attempted to have the Pennsylvania suit dismissed.