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Blind man sues Taylor Made, says website not compliant with disabilities law

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By Marian Johns | Nov 4, 2019

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PITTSBURGH – A Pennsylvania man who is legally blind is one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Taylor Made Golf Co. over allegations the company's website is not compatible with the screen-reading software used by visually impaired people. 

Tom Brown, of Westmoreland County, and Samuel Wilson, of New York, filed a complaint Oct. 24 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania alleging violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

The plaintiffs, who are legally blind, allege they cannot use their screen readers on the defendant's website. The suit states the software gives auditory clues, reads aloud and responds to their keyboards for the plaintiffs to navigate websites. 

They allege that Taylor Made Golf "denies approximately 8.1 million Americans who have difficulty seeing access to their website's goods, content, and services because the website is largely incompatible with the screen reader programs."

The plaintiffs seek an injunction against Taylor Made, punitive damages, monetary damages and all other just relief. They are represented by Benjamin Sweet of The Sweet Law Firm PC in Pittsburgh and Jonathan Miller of the NYE, Stirling, Hale & Miller Law Firm LLP in Santa Barbara, California.

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania case number 2:19-cv-01394

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