MIT Website Captioning Settlement

Settlement Structure: Claims Made

Active: Open

Case Summary:

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is settling a class action brought by the National Association of the Deaf and other plaintiffs alleging that it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act. The lawsuit alleged that MIT did not provide captioning or provided inaccurate captioning for public content on its website to make it accessible to the deaf and the hard of hearing.

Docket Number:

3:15-cv-30024-KAR

Company: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Filing Deadline: January 1, 2100

Class Period: February 11, 2012 to March 27, 2020

Objection Deadline: May 19, 2020

Final Approval Hearing: July 14, 2020

Proof of Purchase:

There are no individual benefits and thus no claims or proof of purchase needed for this settlement.

Eligibility:

You may be a settlement class member if you are a person who is not a student at MIT and who, at any time between February 11, 2012 and March 27, 2020, have claimed, or could have claimed to assert a right under Title III of the ADA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or other statutes or regulations on standards or obligations equivalent to Title III or its rules or regulations, claiming they are deaf or hard of hearing and that MIT has not made accessible to deaf or hard of hearing persons public content made, hosted, linked to or embedded on its website. (Note that there are no individual settlement benefits.)

Typical Settlement Amount:

MIT will caption content on its public web pages and provide live captioning for certain university-wide events. For more information, see the Settlement Consent Decree or the Notice at https://mitcaptioningsettlement.wordpress.com.

Total Settlement Amount: Unknown

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:

None

Law Firms:
Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center
Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll
Disability Law Center Inc.

Case Name: National Association of the Deaf v. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Settlement Website: MIT Website Captioning Settlement Website

Claims Administrator:
Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

MITsettlement@creeclaw.org
240-468-7109 (videophone)
800-308-1878 (voice)

Tags: Access to Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Accessibility, Americans with Disabilities Act, Civil Rights