SDNY Judge Grants Motions to Dismiss in Several ADA Gift Card Cases

By Colin Knisely and Matthew Caminiti

In late April 2020, Judge Woods of the Southern District of New York dismissed several lawsuits against retail defendants asserting violations of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). See Murphy v. Kohl’s Dep’t Stores, No. 19-09921, 2020 WL 1974261 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 24, 2020); Calcano v. Swarovski N. Am. Ltd., No. 19-10536, 2020 WL 1974143 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 24, 2020); Dominguez v. Banana Republic, LLC, No. 19-10171, 2020 WL 1950496 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 23, 2020).  Specifically, the suits asserted that the various defendants violated Title III of the ADA by selling gift cards that did not include Braille, thereby discriminating against the visually impaired.  Starting last year, a small group of plaintiffs filed a total of 243 largely identical complaints. Continue reading “SDNY Judge Grants Motions to Dismiss in Several ADA Gift Card Cases”

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