Gene Johnson Nov. 25, 2015, 12:11pm


PITTSBURGH – A Pennsylvania resident is suing the NBA, claiming that its website contains digital barriers which limit the ability of the blind and visually impaired consumers to access the site.

Robert Jahoda filed a lawsuit against the National Basketball Association on Nov. 6 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania citing a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Jahoda, who is legally blind, uses screen reader software in order to access the Internet and read website content. He claims, despite many attempts to use and navigate the NBA’s website, he has been denied the full use and enjoyment of the facilities, goods and services available on the NBA’s website as a result of access barriers on the website. He seeks a permanent injunction that requires the NBA to retain a qualified consultant who will assist in improving the accessibility of the website.

Jahoda is represented by Pittsburgh-based attorneys R. Bruce Carlson, Benjamin J. Sweet and Stephanie Goldin of Carlson Lynch Sweet and Kilpela, LLP.

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania case number 2:15-cv-01462-AJS

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