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Stoutenborough v. National Football League

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Citation Edit

Stoutenborough v. National Football League, Inc., 59 F.3d 580 (6th Cir. 1995) (full-text), cert. denied, 516 U.S. 1028 (1995).

[Note Although the facts of this case did not relate to the IT industry, the holding is relevant in interpretating the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 definition of "place of public accommodation" to the IT industry.]

Appellate Court Proceedings Edit

The Sixth Circuit dealt with a case brought by an association of individuals with hearing impairments who filed suit against the National Football League (NFL) and several television stations under Title III alleging that the NFL's blackout rule discriminated against them since they had no other way of accessing football games when live telecasts are prohibited. The Sixth Circuit rejected this allegation holding that the prohibitions of Title III are restricted to places of public accommodations.

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