The Superior Court for the State of California, County of Alameda has refused to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses CNN of violating California law by failing to provide closed captioning for short video clips, of two to three minutes in length, on its website.
Disability Rights Advocates and the Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness filed a class action lawsuit against CNN on June 1, on behalf of the more than 100,000 people in California who are functionally deaf. The lawsuit is the first of its kind nationwide.
“Time Warner’s refusal to provide captioning of its videos is astounding given how central the internet is in today’s communication environment,” said Disability Rights Advocates attorney Anna Levine in a news release from June 1. “The lack of captioned videos means that millions of people with hearing loss will continue to be denied equal access to video news content on CNN.com, “