movie captioning settlement

Notice of Proposed Settlement in DC Case Against AMC and
Loews Theaters
Silver Spring, MD — On January 11, 2004, the U.S.
District Court for the District of Columbia granted
preliminary approval to settle a case brought by deaf and
hard of hearing people living in the Metropolitan
Washington, DC area (identified as Class Members) against
AMC and Loews theaters.
The lawsuit alleged that AMC and Loews violated the
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by failing to
provide captioning for movies shown at AMC and Loews
theaters.
The Notice of Proposed Settlement briefly describes the
lawsuit, the proposed settlement, the rights of Class
Members, and the fairness hearing process.
Under the proposed settlement, Rear Window Captioning
(RWC) equipment would be installed in twelve (12) AMC and
Loews theaters’ screens in the Metropolitan Washington, DC
area within 24 months after the Court approves the
settlement. RWC equipment would also be installed in any
new theaters built by AMC or Loews in the Metropolitan
Washington, DC area.
Class Members may oppose the settlement by writing to the
Court and by making a statement at the fairness hearing.
On April 1, 2004, at 9:30 am, the Court will hold a
fairness hearing to determine whether the proposed
settlement agreement is fair, reasonable and adequate and
should be approved. The fairness hearing is open to anyone
who wants to attend.
Deaf or hard of hearing people living in the Metropolitan
Washington, DC area who are planning to attend the
fairness hearing should contact the Director of
Interpreting Services, Teresa Salazar, at
Teresa_C._Salazar@dcd.uscourts.gov by March 15, 2004, to
request reasonable accommodations (i.e., qualified sign
language interpreter services, real-time captioning,
assistive listening devices, etc.).
If you wish to oppose all or any part of the proposed
settlement, you must file a written statement with the
Clerk of the Court describing your opposition by March 12,
2004.
If you intend to appear at the hearing and make a
statement in court to oppose the settlement, you must file
a notice of your intention to do so with the Clerk of the
Court by March 12, 2004. You do not need to submit a
statement to attend and observe the fairness hearing.
Copies of any written statements and notices of intention
to make a statement at the fairness hearing must also be
mailed to the designated attorneys.
Please visit the NAD home page for
updates and for information related to the proposed
settlement.
Posted to the DeafVermont listserv by Rene.

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