On January 22, 2018, a confidential settlement was reached between premier bar exam preparatory course, BarBri, and a proposed class of blind law students who claimed that BarBri violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Named plaintiffs Claire Stanley, Derek Manners and Christopher Stewart filed the suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in May 2016. Plaintiffs argued that they were unable to access the full course material BarBri offers in its bar preparatory program. Specifically, the plaintiffs claim that BarBri’s online course content portal login, as well as the login portion of the BarBri mobile app, are not compliant with the minimum criteria for web accessibility as established by the Web Content Abilities Guidelines.
In addition to the undisclosed settlement, BarBri has agreed to make all components, modules, tools, web applications and login portals to both the company’s website and mobile app usable for screen-readers utilized by visually-impaired students. Additionally, BarBri has pledged that all requests for accommodations such as Braille and large-print materials are promptly processed.
The case is: Claire Stanley et al. v. BarBri Inc., Case No.: 3:16-cv-01113, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division.
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