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Case Name [Out of court: Illinois Attorney General settlement with AMC Theatres] DR-IL-0004
Docket / Court Not applicable ( No Court )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Case Summary
In 2012, AMC Theaters operated 41 theaters in Illinois, with a total of 460 movie theater screens, few if any of which were fully accessible to patrons who were blind, visually impaired, deaf, or hard-of-hearing because they lacked captioning and visual description technology. At the time, AMC was ... read more >
In 2012, AMC Theaters operated 41 theaters in Illinois, with a total of 460 movie theater screens, few if any of which were fully accessible to patrons who were blind, visually impaired, deaf, or hard-of-hearing because they lacked captioning and visual description technology. At the time, AMC was in the process of converting all but three of the auditoriums to feature digital projectors.

On April 4, 2012, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced a Settlement Agreement between the Illinois Attorney General and AMC Theaters. In the settlement, AMC did not admit to any liability. The Agreement was the result of a Complaint that disability rights organization Equip for Equality filed with the Disability Rights Bureau of the Office of the Attorney General on behalf of numerous individuals with disabilities, as well as the Hearing Loss Association of America, the Illinois Association of the Deaf, and the Illinois Council of the Blind. Under the Agreement, by April 1, 2014, AMC agreed it would furnish each of the auditoriums it had equipped or would equip with digital projectors with new captioning and audio description technology. AMC agreed to equip all digital auditoriums in any future newly constructed or acquired theaters with the technology as well.

The captioning and audio description systems depend on the presence of corresponding data in the digital file that comprise the movie. AMC agreed that whenever a movie included this data, it would make the captioning and audio description services available to theatergoers. Individual theatergoers requiring the captioning or descriptive technology would each be provided with a device which would present this content to them personally, so that the technology would not disrupt the enjoyment of other patrons.

The settlement excluded any IMAX screens until such time that appropriate technology was made available for them.

AMC agreed to train its employees on the use of the captioning and audio description technology, and to advertise the availability of the technology at specific show times.

Alex Colbert-Taylor - 06/14/2013


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Comply with advertising/recruiting requirements
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Goals and Timekeeping
Provide antidiscrimination training
Reasonable Accommodation
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Defendant-type
Movie Theater or Other Entertainment facility
Disability
Hearing impairment
Visual impairment
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
General
Access to public accommodations - privately owned
Disparate Impact
Reasonable Accommodations
Reasonable Modifications
Screen readers and similar accessibility devices
TTY/Close Captioning/etc.
Plaintiff Type
State Plaintiff
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. ยงยง 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) AMC Theatres
Plaintiff Description Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, in response to a complaint from disability rights organization Equip for Equality.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
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 2012 - 2014
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Settlement Agreement 03/29/2012
DR-IL-0004-0002.pdf | Detail
Madigan Announces Settlement with AMC Theatres 04/04/2012
DR-IL-0004-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: Plaintiffs' counsel
AMC Theatres "Access" Agreement Reached in Illinois as a Result of Complaint Filed by Equip for Equality 04/04/2012
DR-IL-0004-0003.pdf | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Madigan, Lisa (Illinois)
DR-IL-0004-0001 | DR-IL-0004-0002
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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