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SCOTUS Declines to Hear ADA Case
Posted October 07, 2019 by CUNA Advocacy

The Supreme Court denied cert. for Guillermo Robles v. Dominos Pizza LLC, a case involving the ADA as it relates to website accessibility. 

In its ruling, the 9th Circuit held that Dominos' website and mobile app are places of public accommodation subject to the ADA. The Court also found that Dominos had received fair notice that its website was required to comply with the ADA even absent the promulgation of specific rules or guidance on the topic. And lastly, the Court affirmed that courts have jurisdiction to adjudicate ADA website suits even as DOJ progresses in its rulemaking process.

The SCOTUS’ decision to deny cert. does not necessarily mean the court agreed with the lower court's ruling – merely the case did not receive the four votes required to hear the appeal. However, the impact of the denial is that the 9th Circuit ruling against Dominos stands.

CUNA continues to advocate for the Department of Justice to establish clear standards for website accessibility under the ADA. In 2019, CUNA and the leagues have achieved appellate-level victories in the Seventh, Sixth, and Fourth circuits which have established positive precedent for credit unions in those jurisdictions.