Release Date: 
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
John G. Paré, Jr.
Executive Director for Strategic Initiatives
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2218
(410) 913-3912 (Cell)

National Federation of the Blind Lawsuit Addressing Web Accessibility Will Proceed

Target Cannot Appeal Class Action Certification Ruling

Baltimore, Maryland (January 2, 2008):  The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has denied Target Corporation’s petition for an interlocutory appeal of the District Court’s order granting class action certification to a lawsuit filed against the retailer by the National Federation of the Blind for Target’s failure and refusal to make its Web site fully accessible to blind shoppers.  As a result, the suit will proceed against Target on behalf of all blind Americans, as well as for a subclass of all blind Californians. 

Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “We are pleased that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has allowed our lawsuit against Target to move forward on its merits.  Target can no longer delay being held accountable to the blind of the nation for denying us access to its Web site.”