[Nfbc-info] Notice of a class-action settlement that may be relevant to some members of NFB of California

Michael S. Nunez michael.steven.n at gmail.com
Mon Aug 11 23:17:05 UTC 2014

Dear NFB of California members:

I am an attorney at Disability Rights Advocates, and I write to
provide NFB of California members with a notice concerning a
class-action settlement that is relevant to some blind individuals in
California. The notice describes the proposed settlement in Lighthouse
for the Blind and Visually Impaired et al. v. Redbox Automated Retail,
LLC et al., Case No.: C12-00195-PJH (N.D. Cal.), a class action
brought to challenge the inaccessibility to blind persons of Redbox's
self-service, video-rental kiosks in California. Under the proposed
settlement agreement, Redbox will install nonvisual user interfaces on
all of its over 4,000 kiosks in California to enable blind individuals
to independently browse, pay for, and return media at the kiosks. The
settlement also includes accessibility improvements to Redbox's
website, enhanced customer service to facilitate access to Redbox's
services while Redbox works to modify its kiosks, and a class damages
fund that will provide monetary relief to eligible claimants. The
Court preliminarily approved this agreement on July 31, 2014.

Some members of NFB of California may be able to obtain monetary
relief from the class damages fund under the settlement. The notice
provides instructions on how to submit a claim for monetary relief.
Class members who are eligible for monetary relief include legally
blind persons who, due to the Redbox kiosks' visual user interface,
have been or are unable to access the services of a Redbox kiosk in
California between January 12, 2010 and November 12, 2014. Class
members are also eligible if they have been deterred or are deterred
from using a Redbox kiosk on a particular occasion during this time
frame. All claims for monetary relief from the class fund must be
received by November 12, 2014.

Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), a non-profit legal center in
Berkeley, California, represents the settlement class in the case,
which was brought on behalf of people who are legally blind and who
would like to use Redbox kiosks located in California. Please call
Stuart Seaborn or me at (510) 665-8644 if you have any questions about
the settlement or the attached notice.

Thank You,
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