Case: Major League Baseball Web Accessibility

N/A | No Court

Filed Date: 2010

Closed Date: 2012

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Case Summary

In 2011, the American Council for the Blind and their Massachusetts and California affiliates entered into negotiations with Major League Baseball (MLB), the association that runs North American professional baseball. Specifically, the parties sought to expand and continue efforts to provide accessibility technology for fans with visual impairments.

The MLB and their media arm MLB Advanced Media, agreed to adopt the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 AA in 2012. Under the agreement, MLB agreed to expand on previous to extend web access to people with visual impairments. The MLB would do this by applying new systems and standards to existing web-based content. These systems would support technology such as screenreaders and interface interaction software that support different user input devices, allowing the visually impaired to enjoy the resources of the Internet.

This case is now closed.

Summary Authors

Abe Hiatt (3/5/2013)

People


Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Dardarian, Linda M. (California)

Feingold, Lainey [Elaine] (California)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Dardarian, Linda M. (California)

Feingold, Lainey [Elaine] (California)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

MLB Accessible Website Agreement

Feb. 1, 2010

Feb. 1, 2010

Settlement Agreement

First Addendum to MLB Settlement Agreement

Feb. 1, 2012

Feb. 1, 2012

Settlement Agreement

Press Release

June 5, 2012

June 5, 2012

Press Release

Docket

Last updated May 11, 2022, 8 p.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

Case Details

State / Territory: New York

Case Type(s):

Disability Rights

Key Dates

Filing Date: 2010

Closing Date: 2012

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Plaintiff consisted of one national organization representing the interests of the visually impaired, the American Council of the Blind, as well as local affiliates in Massachusetts, Bay State Council of the Blind, and California, California Council of the Blind.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

Law Office of Lainey Feingold

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

MLB Advanced Media, L.P. (New York City, New York), Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.

Special Case Type(s):

Out-of-court

Availably Documents:

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Private Settlement Agreement

Amount Defendant Pays: 0

Order Duration: 2012 - 2012

Content of Injunction:

Reasonable Accommodation

Issues

General:

Website

Discrimination-area:

Accommodation / Leave

Discrimination-basis:

Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)

Disability:

Visual impairment

Type of Facility:

Non-government non-profit