Websites, Apps, Accessibility, and Extraterritoriality Under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act

108 Georgetown Law Journal Online 80 (2019)

26 Pages Posted: 4 Nov 2019

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Samuel Ruddy

Georgetown University Law Center

Date Written: October 23, 2019

Abstract

The federal courts are currently split as to whether websites qualify as “places of public accommodation” under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Neither side of the split, however, offers a satisfactory interpretation of Title III, especially because both sides fail to consider the potential extraterritorial implications of applying Title III to websites. This Note proposes to head off the inevitable extraterritoriality issue and resolves the Title III split by establishing a bright-line rule: data centers—not websites or apps—are places of public accommodation under Title III of the ADA.

Keywords: Americans with Disabilities Act, civil rights, public accommodations, internet, websites, apps, disability rights

JEL Classification: K10, K20

Suggested Citation

Ruddy, Samuel, Websites, Apps, Accessibility, and Extraterritoriality Under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (October 23, 2019). 108 Georgetown Law Journal Online 80 (2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3475060

Samuel Ruddy (Contact Author)

Georgetown University Law Center ( email )

Washington, DC
United States

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