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Case Name American Cancer Society Accessible Website and Alternative Formats Agreement and Extension Agreement DR-GA-0003
Docket / Court Not applicable ( No Court )
State/Territory Georgia
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Attorney Organization Law Office of Lainey Feingold
Case Summary
In early 2009, the American Council for the Blind (ACB) notified the American Cancer Society that it believed the Cancer Society websites were insufficiently accessible to blind users and therefore in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Cancer Society accepted the ACB's offer to ... read more >
In early 2009, the American Council for the Blind (ACB) notified the American Cancer Society that it believed the Cancer Society websites were insufficiently accessible to blind users and therefore in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Cancer Society accepted the ACB's offer to engage in cooperative structured negotiations rather than litigate the issue in court. On February 14, 2011 the parties entered into a settlement agreement, and the Cancer Society agreed to redevelop its website to make it accessible to individuals with visual impairments, by designing to meet guidelines issued by the Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium. The Cancer Society also agreed to start an Alternative Format Pilot Program, to make available important cancer information to blind and visually impaired people.

The settlement agreement was set to expire on February 15, 2012. In February 2012 the parties agreed to an extension of the settlement agreement for an additional year, and to expand the set of materials available in Braille, Large Print and Audio Formats.

Alex Colbert-Taylor - 06/14/2013


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Discrimination Prohibition
Reasonable Accommodation
Disability
Visual impairment
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
General
Disparate Impact
Reasonable Accommodations
Reasonable Modifications
Screen readers and similar accessibility devices
Website
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. ยงยง 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) The American Cancer Society
Plaintiff Description American Council for 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 Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 2011 - 2013
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
American Cancer Society Accessible Web and Alternative Formats Press Release 02/23/2011
DR-GA-0003-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: Lainey Feingold website
American Cancer Society Accessible Website and Alternative Formats Agreement 02/14/2012
DR-GA-0003-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: Lainey Feingold website
Amendment Number One to American Cancer Society Accessible Information Interim Settlement Agreement 02/15/2012
DR-GA-0003-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: Lainey Feingold website
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Dardarian, Linda M. (California)
DR-GA-0003-0002 | DR-GA-0003-0004
Feingold, Lainey (California)
DR-GA-0003-0002 | DR-GA-0003-0004
Defendant's Lawyers Bruno, Michael D (California)
DR-GA-0003-0002
Other Lawyers None on record

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