9th Circuit rules Netflix isn’t subject to disability law

A federal appeals court ruled (PDF) yesterday that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) doesn’t apply to Netflix, since the online video provider is “not connected to any actual, physical place.”

Donald Cullen sued Netflix in March 2011, attempting to kick off a class-action lawsuit on behalf of disabled people who didn’t have full use of the videos because they aren’t all captioned. A district court judge threw out his lawsuit in 2013, and yesterday’s ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upholds that decision.

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