[NFBC-Info] FW: [GTTsupport] US Supreme Court Won't Hear The Domino's Case (Hooray!)

Eric Calhoun eric at pmpmail.com
Tue Oct 8 08:42:49 UTC 2019

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From: "Albert Ruel" <albertruel at gmail.com>
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Subject: [GTTsupport] US Supreme Court Won't Hear The Domino's Case
Mon, 7 Oct 2019 16:28:50 -0700

US Supreme Court Won't Hear The Domino's Case (Hooray!)



US Supreme Court Won't Hear The Domino's Case (Hooray!)

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Great news for advocates of digital inclusion for people with
Today the United States Supreme Court rejected Domino's Pizza's efforts

overturn the Ninth Circuit federal appeals court opinion in the Domino's
and mobile accessibility case. 


That appeals court opinion said that disabled people can bring claims
the Americans with Disabilities Act if a website or mobile application is

accessible. Domino's efforts to gut the ADA and get this opinion


The case of Domino's Pizza, LLC v. Robles, Guiollermo, Case number
is on the Supreme Court's October 7, 2019 list of cases under the title



Cert Denied, as it is referred to by lawyers, means the Court will not
consider the case. No reasoning, no ruling one way or the other, and we

know if any justices disagreed. 


All we know is that the highest court in the United States will not rule
least in the Domino's case) on website or mobile accessibility lawsuits

the ADA. And that the Ninth Circuit's opinion in favor of ADA coverage of
websites and mobile apps remains good law. Whew!!


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Digital accessibility in the legal space lives to see another day


The US Supreme Court's action today means that the ruling of the Ninth
Circuit Court of Appeals in the Domino's case is good law. That ruling

the case against Domino's Pizza under the ADA based on its inaccessible
website and mobile application could remain in court. 


The Ninth Circuit held that Title III of the ADA covers both mobile
applications and websites with a connection (nexus) to a physical place of
public accommodation.

(The court did not say that websites not connected were not covered by
ADA, it just did not decide that issue.) In footnote 6 it wrote: "We need

decide whether the ADA covers the websites or apps of a physical place of
public accommodation where their inaccessibility does not impede access to

goods and services of a physical location." 


Domino's could have made its website accessible after that ruling, but
instead chose to keep fighting, and asked the US Supreme Court to overrule
the Ninth

Circuit. Today the Supreme Court declined Domino's request.


I wrote about the 

Ninth Circuit opinion in the Domino's case back in January, 2019

when the order came out. In the post I pulled out some of my favorite
from the opinion, including this one. This quote and others are still

law after the US Supreme Court's announcement today:


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Moreover, since it announced its position in 1996, DOJ has "repeatedly
affirmed the application of [T]itle III to Web sites of public

75 Fed. Reg. 43460-01, 43464 (July 26, 2010). Thus, at least since 1996,
Domino's has been on notice that its online offerings must effectively

with its disabled customers and facilitate "full and equal enjoyment" of
Domino's goods and services.


And in any case, our precedent is clear that, "as a general matter, the
of specific regulations cannot eliminate a statutory obligation. Ninth

Opinion in Domino's Pizza case.

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You can 

read the full 25 page Ninth Circuit opinion (PDF) here.


What's Next for the Domino's Case?


My post about the Domino's Ninth Circuit opinion was titled "Big Win for
Accessibility in Domino's Pizza case," and it was. (For mobile

too.) But even now, the case is not over. 


The Ninth Circuit opinion said the case could stay in court; that a
person could pursue a claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act for

web and mobile accessibility. The U.S. Supreme Court left that opinion


But the the blind plaintiff has not won the Domino's case yet. Now that
is decided the case can stay in court, it goes back to the Federal

Court in California for further proceedings.


One of two things can happen: the parties can keep fighting, or the
can settle. It's not hard to guess what I think should happen. 


Domino's could have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars by removing
barriers on its website and settling the case. Company costs have only
up in

choosing to fight. Although nothing on LFLegal.com is legal advice
(including this post) I'd go so far as to say that Domino's got bad advice
from whatever

lawyer has ben advising the company to take this route. 

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