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Should Federal Judge Make Redbox DVD Obey ADA Demands?

May 22, 2014 in Captioning / Relay, Disability Law

 

 

Categories: Court

Original Source – http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2014/05/redbox_dvd_lawsuit.php

California_jurisdiction

The success of Redbox Automated Retail DVD rentals is undeniable after capturing more than 33 percent of the national market, but one Orange County man believes the operation is callously discriminatory against deaf customers and he’s demanding compensation.

Bellevue, Washington-based Redbox has illegally “failed to provide equal access to their DVD and Blu-ray and video streaming services by refusing to make available closed captioned text for the deaf and hard of hearing–a feature that is necessary for such individuals to understand the audio portion of the video content,” according to Francis Jancik’s lawsuit.

In Jancik’s view, Redbox’s self-service, DVD rental kiosks are “places of public accommodation” and therefore fall under the requirements of The California Disabled Persons Act, the state’s Unruh Civil Rights Act and The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).

The problem with Redbox for the deaf is that “it is difficult, if not impossible” to know in advance which movies include closed captioning, according to the lawsuit.As examples of what Jancik sees as unfair business practices, his lawsuit includes Redbox advertisements for Assault on Wall Street and The Adventures of Mickey Matson: Cooperhead Treasure; both ads erroneously claim closed caption service.

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Judges in California Reverse Ruling Preventing CART in Classrooms

August 7, 2013 in Captioning / Relay, Community News, Disability Law

By Tim Hull, Courthouse News Service 8/6/2013

Two California school districts must face claims that they improperly denied transcription services to deaf and hard-of-hearing students, the 9th Circuit ruled Tuesday.

In separate cases consolidated for appeal, the parents of K.M. And D.H., two hard-of-hearing high-school girls, argued that the districts had violated federal law by refusing to approve a transcription service in the classroom. The Communication Access Realtime Translation service provides a word-for-word transcription of everything said in class via real-time captioning, according to the ruling.

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California School for the Deaf Wins League Title

November 30, 2012 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness

California School of the Deaf football team stuns league to win title,
nearly lands spot in sectional championship

By Cameron Smith, Sports Blog-Yahoo.com 11/29/2012

See the full story and a video (signed, with captions):
http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/highschool-prep-rally/california-school-deaf-football-team-stuns-league-win-183111387.html

They are a growing football powerhouse, the kind that uses both physicality and skill to stir fear in any foe. They have a small roster — just 19 players suit up for the varsity football squad — and are smaller in stature than nearly any opponent, with no player reaching even 200 pounds, let alone the 300 often breached by top linemen. Read more . . . →