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Blind moviegoers file suit for being left in the dark

Bill Coffin | February 22, 2016

Several years ago, a McDonald’s patron ordered some coffee through a drive-through, accidentally spilled it on her lap, and sued the fast food chain for damages afterward, in what has been widely pilloried as a legal system run amok. Everybody who rolls their eyes at those warnings on coffee cups about their beverage being extremely hot have that lawsuit to thank for it. But the case was not nearly as frivolous as it appeared; McDonald’s really did bear significant liability for that woman’s injuries and had plenty of opportunities to settle before things went as far as they did. As is often the case with our legal system, and the compliance requirements that are spawned by it, what appears to be a foolish legal crusade speaks to larger, deeper, more substantial truths worth considering.

The latest example is a class action brought against AMC theatres by a group of blind moviegoers who allege that the theatre chain discriminated against them by failing to accommodate for...

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