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eatsa Agrees to Make its Innovative Restaurants Accessible to Blind Customers

eatsa, an innovative fast-casual restaurant featuring innovative automat-style self-serve kiosks with locations in California, New York, and D.C., agreed to make its mobile apps, kiosks, and food-pickup cubbies accessible to blind customers. eatsa uses the latest technology to allow customers to order food either on in-store iPads or via a mobile phone, with no cashier […]

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Blind Californians and Advocates Sue Greyhound to Make Website and Mobile App Accessible

In 2015, Tina Thomas, who is blind, tried to book a trip with Greyhound’s website, but her text-to-speech software couldn’t interpret Greyhound’s site. When she called instead, she was charged a “convenience fee” for booking by phone — even though she explained she could not use the website. Earlier this year, she tried again, but […]

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Accessible Instructional Materials and the Siskiyou Joint Community College District Settlement

In the last 25 years, technology has fundamentally changed higher education. New technologies allow for new kinds of instructional materials and delivery mechanisms — but students with disabilities are often unnecessarily left behind. This must change. This settlement with Siskiyou Joint Community College District, facilitated by TRE Legal Practice and the Legal Aid Society – […]

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TRE Legal and Disability Rights Texas File Lawsuits Against Austin Ridesharing Services for Inaccessible Mobile App Design

We previously posted about how accessible mobile apps can greatly benefit blind people and how the ridesharing revolution is no exception. Earlier this year, in May 2016, the popular ridesharing services, Uber and Lyft, stopped serving Austin after the city passed an ordinance requiring fingerprint background checks by way of a contentious ballot initiative.  Many […]

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TRE Legal Team and National Federation of the Blind Propose Nation-Wide Class Action Settlement with Uber to End Discrimination against Passengers with Service Animals

Our suit against Uber was filed in federal court after the parties were unable to satisfactorily resolve concerns about how Uber handled drivers who refused to transport passengers with service animals. Now, after a mediation, discovery practice and extensive negotiations, the parties were able to reach an agreement with Uber.

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TRE Legal and Others Enter Into Structured Negotiations with Lyft for Disabled Riders with Service Animals

Advocates for people with disabilities have entered into structured negotiations with Lyft, Inc. to ensure that disabled riders with service animals are ensured access to transportation services offered by Lyft drivers.   These collaborative efforts are under way between Lyft, Inc. (Lyft), Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), Rosen, Bien, Galvan & Grunfeld (RBGG), and TRE Legal – […]

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TRE Legal and DRA File Complaint Against Uber for Discrimination Against Blind Passengers with Service Animals

  Ridesharing platforms such as Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar have the capacity to greatly improve transportation services for blind passengers.  Now, blind people can use a smart phone equipped with text-to-speech to independently summon a driver, learn details such as the name of their dispatched driver, the estimated time of arrival, the amount of their […]

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Blind California Customers Will Get 1.2 Million in Damages Payments Under Proposed Settlement of Redbox Kiosk Class Action

  A settlement has been proposed in a class action that blind individuals filed against Redbox and its partner retail stores.  The suit alleges that the inaccessible touchscreen interfaces used on the popular Redbox movie rental kiosks exclude blind customers.    Under the terms of the proposed settlement, Redbox will make its kiosks independently accessible […]

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TRE Legal Helps Obtain Settlement For Inaccessible Federal Agency Website

      Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act is an often overlooked and underutilized law.  Basically, the law requires that the agencies of the federal executive branch ensure that tax dollars are only spent on electronic information technology (“EIT”) that can be used by disabled people.  Accessible EIT, such as software and websites, can open up […]

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Investigating Uber Discrimination Against Service Animals and Wheelchairs

  Disability Rights Advocates (“DRA”) and Timothy Elder of TRE Legal Practice are investigating complaints from persons with disabilities who have been denied transportation services by taxi drivers for Uber Technologies, Inc. (“Uber”) in the San Francisco Bay Area or other major urban centers.   Uber is a company based in San Francisco, California that […]

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This is very troubling. Pres.Trump's travel ban has been marked from the start by disregard of the law & disrespect of the courts. IG Report should be released immediately. I've never asked for RT, but on this please do; don't let the report be covered up. http://politi.co/2jaovtX 

This is very troubling. Pres.Trump's travel ban has been marked from the start by disregard of the law & disrespect of the courts. IG Report should be released immediately. I've never asked for RT, but on this please do; don't let the report be covered up. http://politi.co/2jaovtX 









in propria persona The history of law and technology.


“Women and Pockets” (1885)

"The straights to which helpless woman has been subjected by the absence of pockets in her gowns have wrung from her many complaints that have availed her nothing."


The telegraph and the domestic home

"American District Telegraph Company was originally conceptualized as a business service, but it quickly began to sell itself as a service for the home as well."


Locke: “where there is no law, there is no freedom”

In 1689, John Locke wrote that "the end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom."


Thoughts on Meyer v. Nebraska and its connection to Griswold v. Connecticut

In the 1923 case of Meyer v. Nebraska, which grew out of the anti-German sentiment of World War I, the Supreme Court “upheld the right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children by striking down … a state statute prohibiting the teaching of any modern language other than English in any public or private grammar school.” How does this relate to Griswold v. Connecticut, which created a “right to privacy” (at least in terms of marital relations)?


Griswold v. Connecticut, privacy, and the home

Griswold v. Connecticut is one of the foundational cases of a constitutional "right to privacy" in the United States --- though, as many have pointed out, the word "privacy" does not appear in the text of the Constitution itself. The precedent in the majority opinion by Justice Douglas is nonetheless strong and deeply rooted in tradition.


The Supreme Court and James Q. Whitman’s “The Two Western Cultures of Privacy: Dignity Versus Liberty”

James Q. Whitmore reveals an interesting contrast: whereas American law and rhetoric is strongest when privacy is approached as a protection against state interference, privacy protections in Germany and France are at their peak when the dignity of the individual is at stake. Justice Kennedy, interestingly, emphasizes this more European approach in a number of his Supreme Court decisions.


Thoughts on the Power and the Limits of Presidential Pardons

Was President Trump right when he tweeted that "all agree the U. S. President has the complete power to pardon"? It is true that the power of the President of the United States to issue pardons is indeed one of the president's most powerful Article II powers --- but, it is also, despite the implication of President Trump's tweet, limited.


Publishing leaked materials: the Pentagon Papers case

Within a month of taking office, President Donald Trump announced his desire to go after "leakers" who have helped embroil his administration in controversy. He also declared many traditional news outlets to be "enem[ies] of the American People!" What does this mean for those who publish such material?


Promoting involuntary sterilization: early hints of problems in the 1930s

A 1930s article published in The Journal of Heredity, "Beginnings of Sterilization in America," is notable for the way it portrayed sterilization, particularly when it is compared to an earlier account of the same interview with Dr. Sharp that formed the basis of the article and that has been preserved in the archives of California's Human Betterment Foundation.