Bloomberg Law
Feb. 15, 2023, 6:07 PM

Disabled Hotel Website Tester Has Standing to Sue, 4th Cir. Says

Jacklyn Wille
Jacklyn Wille
Legal Reporter

A woman who tests hotel websites for compliance with federal disability law has standing to sue a hotel she doesn’t imminently plan to visit, the Fourth Circuit said Wednesday, weighing in on a circuit split.

Deborah Laufer, a Florida woman who relies on a wheelchair or cane to get around, claimed she suffered an informational injury when booking websites didn’t identify or allow for reservation of accessible guest rooms at a Baltimore hotel or provide accessibility information about the property as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The hotel’s owner, Naranda Hotels LLC, argued that this alleged injury wasn’t ...

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