If you live in Houston, your next Domino pizza delivery could be by unmanned vehicle.
The US Supreme Court's decision not to hear Domino's petition about whether his site is accessible to people with disabilities is considered a loss for the pizza giant and a victory for disability advocates.
The case was part of a long list of those the Supreme Court announced it would not hear and, as usual, the high court made no comment in dismissing the case. Monday was the first day of Supreme Court discussions after the summer break.
The order not to hear the case upholds a January decision of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled that Domino and other retailers should make their online services accessible. It also means that the case must be brought to trial.
"While Domino is disappointed that the Supreme Court has not reviewed this case, we look forward to filing our case in court," Domino said in a statement posted on its website on Monday. "We also stand firm in our belief in the need for federal standards for everyone to follow when making their websites and mobile apps accessible."
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Guillermo Robles, who is blind, claimed in the US District Court in California that the pizza maker violated federal disability requirements because he could not order a pizza on his iPhone: the site did not work with his screen reader software.
"In today's world of technology, blind and visually impaired people can access websites and mobile applications using keyboards in conjunction with screen access software that vocalizes visual information found on a computer screen or displays content on an upgradeable Braille screen. , "the process argued.
In January, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Domino and other retailers should make their online services accessible.
Robles attorney Joe Manning said in a statement to the CNBC Monday that the Supreme Court ruling was "the right decision at all levels."
"Blind and visually impaired people should have access to websites and applications to participate fully and equally in modern society – something no one disputes," he said. "This result promotes this critical goal for them and is a credit to our society."
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Domino & # 39; s, together with the National Retail Federation and the Retail Dispute Center, urged the Supreme Court to hear the case because the appellate court decision "extended the definition too far in deciding which mobile sites and apps they should be judged as public accommodations, not just considered as one of several ways a consumer can access a retailer's offerings. "
According to the pizza company, a personalized pizza can be ordered in-store by phone, text, social media and voice-enabled devices such as Alexa and Google Home. Domino & # 39; s says it is developing a proprietary digital voice order assistant, Dom.
"With an increasing number of site accessibility cases being archived and conflicting court rulings across the country, this is a matter that needs the clarity of a Supreme Court ruling," said Stephanie Martz, senior vice president and general counsel of the retail federation in a declaration. "Without guidance on what rules to apply, litigation will continue to divert resources to make websites truly accessible."
Domino & # 39; s said in its statement that a national standard "would eliminate the tsunami of site accessibility disputes that have been filed by plaintiffs' lawyers who exploit the absence of a standard for their own benefit."
Contribution: Associated Press; Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press
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