SCOTUS declines to hear website accessibility case
The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) refused a request to hear a case involving website accessibility standards requiring reasonable accommodations for a visually impaired person to order online, citing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA requires equal access for those with disabilities, but the plaintiff, Domino’s Pizza, highlighted the lack of clear definition of the requirements for online sites, particularly the difference between online-only businesses and those with physical locations as well as online applications. The law was passed in 1990, when the online business model was not yet widely used. The original decision for the lawsuit filed in California was overturned by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 2018, saying that the ADA applies to the services of a public accommodation, not only services in a place of public accommodation.