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Case Name Bank of America California and Florida Agreement DR-CA-0014
Docket / Court NA ( No Court )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Attorney Organization Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF)
Law Office of Lainey Feingold
NDRN/Protection & Advocacy Organizations
Case Summary
In 2000, attorneys representing blind and visually impaired persons entered into structured negotiations with Bank of America. On March 14, 2000, the parties entered into a settlement agreement.

Under the terms of the agreement, Bank of America agreed to make its ATMs in California and ... read more >
In 2000, attorneys representing blind and visually impaired persons entered into structured negotiations with Bank of America. On March 14, 2000, the parties entered into a settlement agreement.

Under the terms of the agreement, Bank of America agreed to make its ATMs in California and Florida talk so that blind people could use them. The bank also agreed to make its website blind-accessible. This was the first time a bank agreed to put talking ATMs in more than one state and the first time a bank agreed to make its website blind-accessible.

Addendums to this agreement were signed in September 2001 and July 2006. These addendums expanded Bank of America's responsibility, and the bank agreed to install talking ATMs nationwide, bringing 100% of American Express-owned machines in line with the blind-accessible agreement. As of the time of this summary, Bank of America is in the process of accomplishing this.

Kristen Sagar - 05/12/2009


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Special Case Type
Out-of-court
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. ยงยง 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) Bank of America
Plaintiff Description individuals who are blind or vision-impaired and who currently have, had, or would like to have one or more bank accounts with Bank of America or would like to use Bank of America Automated Teller Machines ("ATMs") via a network system
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF)
Law Office of Lainey Feingold
NDRN/Protection & Advocacy Organizations
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 2000 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2000
Case Ongoing No
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Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Settlement Agreement
DR-CA-0014-0001.pdf | External Link | Detail
Date: 03/14/2000
Source: Lainey Feingold website
September 2001 Addendum to the Settlement Agreement
DR-CA-0014-0003.pdf | External Link | Detail
Date: 09/01/2001
Source: Lainey Feingold website
Bank of America National Press Release
DR-CA-0014-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/04/2001
Source: Lainey Feingold website
July 2006 Addendum to Settlement Agreements
DR-CA-0014-0002.pdf | External Link | Detail
Date: 07/01/2006
Source: Lainey Feingold website
Plaintiff's Lawyers Dardarian, Linda M. (California)
DR-CA-0014-0001 | DR-CA-0014-0002
Eichner, Stan (Massachusetts)
DR-CA-0014-0002
Feingold, Lainey [Elaine] (California)
DR-CA-0014-0001 | DR-CA-0014-0002
Mayerson, Arlene Brynne (California)
DR-CA-0014-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Wagner, Arne (California)
DR-CA-0014-0001

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