California Supreme Declines to Impose AED Duty

On June 23, 2014, the California Supreme Court issued its decision in Verdugo v. Target Corp., 704 F.3d 1044 (2012) and answered the Ninth Circuit’s certified question: “In what circumstances, if ever, does the common law duty of a commercial property owner to provide emergency first aid to invitees require the availability of an Automatic External Defibrillator (‘AED’) for cases of sudden cardiac arrest?” The Court concluded that past California decisions do not support a common law duty where businesses are obligated to acquire and maintain AEDs on their premises and therefore...

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CA Supreme Court to Review DPA Case

The California Supreme Court granted a request from the Ninth Circuit to decide the following question of California law: “The California Disabled Person Act, Cal. Civ. Code Sections 54 et seq. (‘DPA’) provides that ‘[i]ndividuals with disabilities shall be entitled to full and equal access, as other members of the general public, to accommodations, advantages, facilities…and privileges of…places of public accommodation…and other places to which the general public is invited.’ Id. Section 54.1(a)(1). Does the DPA’s reference to ‘places of public accommodation’ include web sites, which are...

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Website Accessibility Competition Kicks Off

On October 23, 2013, the annual Accessibility Internet Rally (AIR) web competition kicked off in Austin, Texas for the 16th time. Began in 1998 by Knowbility (http://www.knowbility.org), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and improve the use and availability of accessible information technology, the AIR competition involves teams of professional web developers from around the world who work with nonprofit organizations for a month (from October 23rd to November 23rd) to create accessible websites for persons with disabilities while receiving training from nationally...

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