The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a case involving a Maine hotel that could have made it difficult for people with disabilities to know in advance whether a hotel’s accommodations would meet their needs.
Hotels and other businesses have urged judges to limit the ability of so-called testers to file lawsuits against hotels that fail to disclose accessibility information on their websites and through other reservation services.
The Supreme Court is taking up a case that could make it more difficult to sue hotels due to a lack of accessibility information
The information is required under a 2010 Department of Justice rule. People who experience discrimination can file a lawsuit under the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act, which was signed into law in 1990.
The judges did not issue a decision on the merits of the case. Instead, they dismissed the case and overturned a lower court ruling in favor of test lawsuits. The outcome leaves the issue unresolved at the national level.
Federal courts in some parts of the country allow such lawsuits. In other cases, such claims are prohibited.
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The case before the court concerns whether Deborah Lover, a woman with a disability, has the right to file a lawsuit against a hotel in Maine that lacked accessibility information on its website, even though she had no plans to visit it.
In an attempt to prevent an inappropriate ruling, Louvre withdrew its lawsuit against the hotel.