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Supreme Court Won’t Hear Domino’s Pizza Website Access Dispute

Oct. 7, 2019, 1:32 PM

Domino’s Pizza Inc. won’t be able to evade a lawsuit claiming it doesn’t ensure blind people can order food through its website and mobile app.

The U.S. Supreme Court Oct. 7 denied Domino’s petition to review a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which said Guillermo Robles can sue the pizza chain under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The case could help determine the extent to which businesses must make their websites and apps accessible to the blind and visually impaired—a question that’s at the center of hundreds of federal complaints every year. Plaintiffs have filed nearly 600 website accessibility complaints this year under the ADA against companies such as Activision Blizzard Inc. and Ralph Lauren Corp., according to Bloomberg Law data.

Courts have split over whether the ADA applies to websites. The Justice Department hasn’t issued regulations clarifying companies’ online accessibility obligations under the law.

The case is Domino’s Pizza LLC v. Robles, U.S., No. 18-1539, petition for review denied 10/7/19.

To contact the reporter on this story: Alexis Kramer in Washington at akramer@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Rebecca Baker at rbaker@bloomberglaw.com; Keith Perine at kperine@bloomberglaw.com