Cases

DREDF Secures Historic Settlement in National Association of the Deaf, et al. v. Netflix

October 10, 2012
Said Arlene Mayerson: "DREDF hopes that this is the beginning of opening the Internet for our country's 48 million deaf and hard of hearing individuals in streamed entertainment, education, government benefits, and more. We're so pleased that Netflix worked jointly with plaintiffs to devise a reasonable and workable way to achieve 100% captioning. The Decree is a model for the streaming entertainment industry."

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Center for Independent Living, et al., v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

July 25, 2012
DREDF and co-counsel filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. on behalf of the Center for Independent Living and two individuals to address a widespread problem that impacts core concerns for wheelchair and scooter users: independence and privacy at point-of-sale terminals (POS). POS machines that are not at accessible heights make it difficult or impossible for wheelchair and scooter users to independently and privately check out using a credit or debit card. When POS machines are out of reach, people must disclose their confidential PIN to cashiers or rely on others to verify and authorize payments.

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Administrative Complaint Against the California Department of Social Services

July 13, 2012
DREDF filed an administrative complaint with the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (HHS–OCR) charging the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and the California Department of Health Care Services (CDHCS) with failure to adequately monitor disability discrimination in public benefits programs throughout California.

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Mankinen v. Orange County

July 10, 2012
In June 2011, Edwin Mankinen, a resident of Orange County, California applied to the County for general assistance, a cash benefit that is offered by all California counties to indigent residents. General assistance is often the last resort and most basic aid for people who are jobless and homeless. During the application process Mankinen was asked for unnecessary paperwork, discouraged from applying, and given no assistance. Because investigations showed that other applicants had similar experiences, DREDF joined co-counsel Western Center on Law & Poverty and The Public Interest Law Project brought a class–action case to remedy systemic disability discrimination by the County.

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Opposition to Netflix’s Motion for Judgement

May 15, 2012
DREDF and Lewis Feinberg filed an Opposition to Netflix's Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings asserting that Netflix is a place of public accommodation under Title III of the ADA, that Netflix sufficiently controls its Watch Instantly content to be held liable under the ADA, and that the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act does not conflict with or supersede the ADA.

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National Association of the Deaf v. Netflix

June 16, 2011
An estimated 36 million Americans are deaf or hard of hearing. The deaf and hard of hearing community had repeatedly expressed concerns to Netflix about its failure to provide equal access to Netflix's streaming video product, “Watch Instantly.”  Plaintiffs National Association of the Deaf, Western Massachusetts Association of the Deaf and Hearing Impaired, and Lee Nettles asked the court to declare that Netflix's behavior constituted a violation of Title III of the ADA, and to require that Netflix provide closed captions on all of its streaming content.

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American Nurses Association v. Torlakson

December 22, 2010
On August 12, 2013, the California Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in American Nurses Association v. Torlakson, a landmark case involving diabetes care in California public schools. The case came before the Court after more than seven years of litigation, which began with a class action lawsuit that was resolved by a settlement agreement allowing trained non-medical school personnel to administer insulin when a nurse is not available. That provision of the settlement was challenged by several nursing organizations DREDF and co-counsel represented Intervener and Appellant American Diabetes Association before the California Supreme Court.

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Chambers et al. v. City and County of San Francisco

September 18, 2008
Judge Alsup approved the settlement agreement in Chambers et al. v. City and County of San Francisco. The settlement will prevent unnecessary institutionalization and increase community-based housing and service options in San Francisco. The Chambers press release has additional information.

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