Court Hears Audio Description, Captioning Argument

You are going to lose eventually. I don’t know if you are going to lose this case or not, but you are going to lose this battle in the end. You can get out in front of it and be the good guys, or you can be dragged kicking and screaming and look like jerks. i don’t understand why you are chosing to fight this battle. — Judge Alex Kozinski

On January 13, 2010, Court Room 2 of the federal court of appeals in San Francisco was packed with people with visual and hearing impairments. The public was there to listen to oral argument about whether a lawsuit can go forward against a movie theater that refuses to provide captioning or audio description for movie-goers with disabilities.

Harkins Movie Theatres, an Arizona-based chain, had convinced the lower court to dismiss the case with its argument that neither the Americans with Disabilities Act or Arizona State law require description or captioning. After an hour of argument from both sides, liberally peppered with questions and comments from Judges Hug, Kozinski and Clifton, it was clear that the case is far from over.

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Jump to other resources about the Harkins case. “Do the Right Thing”

The three appellate judges hearing the case demonstrated a keen interest in the issue and grilled the lawyer for the Harkins movie chain about why his company didn’t just “do the right thing” and provide the technology to allow people with visual and hearing impairments to enjoy movies. Harkins’ attitude, said Judge Alex Kozinsky, “does not strike me as a generous approach.”

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Court Hears Argument about Audio Description and Captioning –
Law Office of Lainey Feingold

Posted January 14th, 2010 —

[Update Article: 9th Circuit Court Returns Harkins]

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