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Case Name Cinemark Audio Description Settlement DR-CA-0041
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 this out-of-court settlement, in September 2012, blind moviegoers and the California Council for the Blind reached an agreement with Cinemark, a large movie theater chain, after a complaint about the inaccessibility of Cinemark's movies. Cinemark agreed to install audio description, which ... read more >
In this out-of-court settlement, in September 2012, blind moviegoers and the California Council for the Blind reached an agreement with Cinemark, a large movie theater chain, after a complaint about the inaccessibility of Cinemark's movies. Cinemark agreed to install audio description, which provides vocal description of key visual aspects of a movie, such as scenery, facial expressions, costumes, action settings, and scene changes, during pauses in dialogue. The description is provided by movie studios, and Cinemark will make it available to members of the audience who choose to receive it via personal headsets and a receiver provided at the theater.

- 10/09/2012


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Movie Theater or Other Entertainment facility
Disability
Visual impairment
General
Access to public accommodations - privately owned
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Non-government for profit
Causes of Action State law
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. ยงยง 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) Cinemark USA
Plaintiff Description Blind moviegoers and the California Council of the Blind.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Law Office of Lainey Feingold
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration 2012 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2012
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Press Release 09/27/2012
DR-CA-0041-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: Lainey Feingold website
Settlement Agreement 09/27/2012
DR-CA-0041-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: Lainey Feingold website
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Dardarian, Linda M. (California)
DR-CA-0041-0001 | DR-CA-0041-0002
Feingold, Lainey (California)
DR-CA-0041-0001 | DR-CA-0041-0002
Tarricone, Jason Holland (California)
DR-CA-0041-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Burns, M. Brett (California)
DR-CA-0041-0002
Cavalier, Michael (Texas)
DR-CA-0041-0001 | DR-CA-0041-0002
Franze, Laura M. (Texas)
DR-CA-0041-0002
Other Lawyers None on record

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