National Federation of the Blind applauds ruling in Scribd case
On March 20, 2015 Judge William K. Sessions III of the United States District Court for the District of Vermont issued a ruling denying Scribd’s motion to have the case dismissed. The lawsuit alleges violations of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Scribd offers subscribers a digital library of over 40 million titles, as well as other services such as publishing their own work by uploading it to the Scribd collection and participating in social media features. But the website and mobile applications that Scribd uses are not accessible to blind people.
“Now that the internet plays such a critical role in the personal and professional lives of Americans, excluding disabled persons from access to covered entities that use it as their principal means of reaching the public would defeat the purpose of this important civil rights legislation,” the court wrote.
The plaintiffs are represented in this matter by Daniel F. Goldstein and Gregory P. Care of Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP; Laurence Paradis, Haben Girma, and Rebecca Rodgers of the firm Disability Rights Advocates; and Emily J. Joselson of the Middlebury, Vermont firm Langrock Sperry & Wool, LLP.