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Case Name Wells Fargo California Talking ATM and Alternative Format Agreement DR-CA-0019
Docket / Court NA ( No Court )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Attorney Organization Law Office of Lainey Feingold
Case Summary
In 1999, attorneys representing the blind community entered into structured negotiations with Wells Fargo regarding accommodations for blind and visually impaired persons. On November 1, 1999, the parties entered into a settlement agreement.

Under the terms of the agreement, Wells ... read more >
In 1999, attorneys representing the blind community entered into structured negotiations with Wells Fargo regarding accommodations for blind and visually impaired persons. On November 1, 1999, the parties entered into a settlement agreement.

Under the terms of the agreement, Wells Fargo agreed to install talking ATMs at its locations in California. The bank also agreed to issue banking documents in Braille, large print, and audio formats for blind and visually impaired customers. Wells Fargo was the first bank in the United States to install Talking ATMs throughout an entire state.

On January 14, 2002 the parties entered into a second agreement. Under the terms of this document, Wells Fargo agreed to install talking ATMs in Utah and Iowa. These were the first talking ATMs installed in Iowa and Utah. The bank now has more than 7,000 Talking ATMs in the United States.

Kristen Sagar - 05/16/2009


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Issues
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. ยงยง 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) Wells Fargo
Plaintiff Description individuals who are blind or vision-impaired and who currently have, had in the past, or would like to have one or more bank accounts with Wells Fargo or would like to use a Wells Fargo Express automated teller machine via a network system
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Law Office of Lainey Feingold
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration 1999 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing DR-IA-0001 : Wells Fargo Iowa and Utah Agreement (No Court)
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Settlement Agreement 11/01/1999
DR-CA-0019-0002.pdf | External Link | Detail
Document Source: Lainey Feingold website
Wells Fargo California Talking ATM Press Release - 04/19/2000
DR-CA-0019-0001.pdf | External Link | Detail
Document Source: Lainey Feingold website
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Dardarian, Linda M. (California)
DR-CA-0019-0001 | DR-CA-0019-0002
Feingold, Lainey [Elaine] (California)
DR-CA-0019-0001 | DR-CA-0019-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Alvarez, Fred (California)
DR-CA-0019-0001 | DR-CA-0019-0002
Lai, Theresa (California)
DR-CA-0019-0001 | DR-CA-0019-0002
Other Lawyers None on record

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