Blind Man Sues Playboy for Their Site not Being Suitable for the Visually Impaired

There are plenty of stories out there for frivolous and unfounded lawsuits clogging up the judicial system. These suits often leave you scratching your head wondering how the case could possibly have any merit, and who was deluded enough to take it to court. One such case is being brought by Donald Nixon. The Californian man is suing Playboy over their website, saying that it isn’t suitable for the visually impaired. Nixon is legally blind.

As odd as it may sound, Nixon may have a case. In his suit, Nixon claims that Playboy’s facilities don’t offer equal access, citing a lack of “a text equivalent for every non-text element.” No doubt you’ve seen those text descriptions that pop up when you hover over or click on an image. The idea behind those boxes is to let you know what the image is if it fails to appear, but it also serves to help the visually impaired. Nixon’s complaint is that he is unable to purchase Playboy merchandise because of the missing descriptions. The suit reads, “Due to the inaccessibility of Defendant’s Website, blind and visually-impaired customers such as Plaintiff, who need screen-readers, cannot fully and equally use or enjoy the facilities, products, and services Defendant offers to the public on its Website.”

Seems like if you’re worried about not seeing text descriptions on Playboy’s website, you’re also not seeing the point of the site.

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