Friday, October 26, 2007
What is the obligation of a retailer to make its web page available to the visually handicapp? A case making its way through the court system involving Target Corporation addresses that exact issue. An article in Computer World about that litigation is available here. As the article states:
A federal judge last week ruled that Target.com, the home page of retailer Target Corp. , must be accessible to blind persons under California laws. The ruling could extend state and federal disabilities statutes to the Internet, experts said.
At the same time, Judge Marilyn Patel, of the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, certified a lawsuit filed against Target by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) as a class action on behalf of U.S. blind Target.com users.
In her memorandum and order, Patel also denied the Minneapolis-based retailer's request for summary judgment in the lawsuit.
The national and California NFB organizations, along with blind college student Bruce "BJ" Sexton, filed a lawsuit last year alleging that Target had failed to make its Web site accessible to the blind and then ignored the issue when confronted with complaints.
The lawsuit contends that Target.com violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and two California statutes.
Mitchell H. Rubinstein