Supreme Court Is Doing a Lot This Week, But It Won’t Be Hearing From Domino’s

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The Supreme Court denied a petition from Domino’s about ADA compliance

This week, the Supreme Court is hearing cases about LGBTQ discrimination, abortion access, and immigration. But it won’t be hearing from pizza giant Domino’s, who was petitioning against having to make its pizza tracker accessible to people with disabilities. Guillermo Robles, who is blind, initially brought the suit against Domino’s, saying that their website and app were incompatible with screen-reading software, and thus he couldn’t use them. Robles’ attorneys said this was in clear violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, but Domino’s argued that according to the 1990 law, websites aren’t required to be accessible, only physical locations, and that Robles’ win would trigger a “flood of litigation into a tsunami.”

A lower court ruled in favor of Robles, and in an order, the Supreme Court denied to hear Domino’s petition. The company said it would present the case at trial court, and that despite the lawsuit Domino’s is “steadfast in our belief in the need for federal standards for everyone to follow in making their websites and mobile apps accessible.” Just, apparently, not this standard.

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