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Case Name National Association of the Deaf v. Harvard University DR-MA-0006
Docket / Court 3:15-cv-30023 ( D. Mass. )
State/Territory Massachusetts
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Attorney Organization Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center
Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF)
Case Summary
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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Preliminary relief granted
Reasonable Accommodation
Reporting
Defendant-type
College/University
Disability
Hearing impairment
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
General
Communication skills
Effective Communication (ADA)
Reasonable Accommodations
Reasonable Modifications
School/University policies
Screen readers and similar accessibility devices
TTY/Close Captioning/Videophone/etc.
Website
Plaintiff Type
Non-profit NON-religious organization
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Non-government for profit
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act), 29 U.S.C. § 701
Defendant(s) Harvard University
Plaintiff Description National Association of the Deaf - A non-profit, civil rights organization for deaf and hard of hearing people Four individuals who are limited in their ability to hear.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center
Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF)
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Attorneys fees
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2020 - 2023
Filed 02/12/2015
Case Ongoing Yes
Case Listing DR-MA-0007 : National Association of the Deaf v. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (D. Mass.)
Additional Resources
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  National Association of the Deaf Announces Landmark Settlement with Harvard to Improve Online Accessibility
Date: Nov. 27, 2019
(Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Harvard and M.I.T. Are Sued Over Lack of Closed Captions
New York Times
Date: Feb. 12, 2015
By: Tamar Lewin
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
3:15-cv-30023-MGM (D. Mass.)
DR-MA-0006-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/26/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief [ECF# 1]
DR-MA-0006-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/12/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amicus Brief [ECF# 33]
DR-MA-0006-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/25/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Report and Recommendation Regarding Defendants' Motion to Stay or Dismiss [ECF# 50] (2016 WL 3561622)
DR-MA-0006-0003.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 02/09/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum and Order Regarding Defendants' Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings [ECF# 173] (377 F.Supp.3d 49) (D. Mass.)
DR-MA-0006-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 03/28/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum and Order Regarding Plaintiffs' Assented-to Motion to Certify the Class for Settlement Purposes and for Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement [ECF# 202] (D. Mass.)
DR-MA-0006-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/09/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Decree [ECF# 219] (D. Mass.)
DR-MA-0006-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/26/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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