Lock-Out Or Not, the Washington Redskins Lost

Lock-out or not, the Washington Redskins lost today. In court. A federal appeals court upheld a decision that the team violated the Americans With Disabilities Act by not providing three individuals who are deaf or hearing-impaired, with access to the lyrics to music played over the speakers at the Redskins’ home stadium, FedEx Field.

The court held that the music played to the crowd at games is part of the football game experience, which the federal law required the team to provide equally to the deaf and hearing-impaired. The same plaintiffs had also sued to require the team to display announcements and other information on the Jumbotron screens, but the team voluntarily added closed captioning to the ribbon screens around the stadium.

The ADA mandates that individuals who visit places of public accommodation, like FedEx Field, may not be discriminated against on the basis of disability, and are entitled to the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges and advantages as other individuals at the same public place.

Josh Glikin has extensive experience in business and intellectual property litigation. His experience includes representing U.S. and international clients in trademark, false advertising and patent disputes in federal courts throughout the nation. Through litigation, dispute resolution, and negotiating licensing solutions, he successfully assists clients in protecting their trademarks and names, trade secrets and technology from unlawful use and copying by competitors, former employees and others. Mr. Glikin also has achieved success for clients in a variety of contract, tax, employment and securities fraud actions in both federal and state courts. Mr. Glikin routinely lectures to colleagues and business professionals on intellectual property, electronic discovery and other business law topics.

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