On Monday, shocking news came to hear for the peoples dealing with disabilities. Also for the business with a Website or doing business online or via mobile apps. Till now I think many of you hear about The US Supreme Court denied Domino’s petition to hear the case of Domino’s Pizza LLC. Vs. Guillermo Robles. If you are not aware of it, this blog is for you.
Allow Us to Explain the Story Behind it
In 2016, a blind person filed a lawsuit against leading a Pizza company i.e. Domino’s pizza. Everyone got confused about why he did that. The reason behind it is Guillermo Robles (The Blind Person) was unable to use their website or mobile app to order pizza.
In the beginning, Guillermo Robles filed the case in district court but the district court neglects him & did not hear the case. So, Guillermo appeal sent it to The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, but this time, the decision is in Robles’s favor. Now, the leading Pizza Company (Domino’s) is appealing with a writ of certiorari—directly to the Supreme Court.
Writ of certiorari: This is the most rarely used writ in which Dominos is appealing why the nation’s highest court should hear the case.
As from research, we know that the Supreme Court receives about 5,000-8,000 writs of certiorari per year. Thousands of requests are received to Supreme Court which decides either a supreme court hear a case or not. Out of the thousands of requests, the Supreme Court only listen to 100-200 of them.
The Legal Question
In 2016 when Guillermo Robles filed a lawsuit, the only thing he wants was an accessible website to order pizza from his home like anybody else. Guillermo was not seeking monetary damages or any other financial compensation he just wants an equal right that every other citizen has.
Title III: – Public Accommodations and Services Operated by Private Entities
Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act states that people dealing with any of the disabilities gets equal access & enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages or accommodations of any place of public accommodation like hotels, restaurants, retail merchants, doctor’s offices, golf courses, private schools, daycare centers, health clubs, sports stadiums, movie theatres, and so on that a non-disabled person is getting.
After Supreme Court accepts the Guillermo appeal the only thing Domino’s pizza has done is submit a writ of certiorari. If the Supreme Court accepts Domino’s request the fight will end in the beginning & if the Supreme Court declines the request than the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling will stand and Dominos have to make their website ADA Compliant means Dominos have to implement accessibility into their website and mobile app.
If the Supreme Court chooses to hear the case, there are two possible scenarios:
If Dominos wins the case & they don’t want to make their website & mobile app accessible for the peoples dealing with disabilities. And the other businesses that are excluded for not making their website ADA compliant remains on the safe side. In brief Disable people still get excluded from taking benefits that a non-disabled person is getting.
If Guillermo Robles wins the case it’s been a big victory to all the disabled persons & it will change the future of online businesses. After that, every current website or the person who make new website always makes their website ADA compliant.
UPDATE: Supreme Court Denies Domino’s Writ
On October 7, 2019, the leading business news channel (CNBC) highlighted the shocking news in the market that the Supreme Court has rejected Domino’s Pizza’s request of the writ of certiorari. After that Ninth Circuit Appellate Court of Appeals stands and Dominos have to make their website & mobile app ADA Compliant.
As CNBC also highlighted that in 2018 alone, over 2,200 accessibility lawsuits were filed in federal courts which is nearly about tripled from 2017. This happened because accessibility isn’t going anywhere & the disabled person will get equal benefits of services that a non-disabled person is getting.
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