“He only reads it for the articles.”

That’s the first line of a New York Post story about a blind man who filed a class action lawsuit alleging that Playboy’s website violates the Americans with Disabilities Act:

A legally blind Queens man is suing Playboy.com, saying the website is incompatible with his screen-reading software. …

Nixon says he’s prevented from perusing the site’s articles and that he can’t enjoy the centerfolds because the website lacks “a text equivalent for every non-text element.”

The Post plays it for laughs, but ADA abuse by cynical lawyers and serial plaintiffs is a serious problem, and this case is almost certainly an example. Donald Nixon has, as the article notes, “filed 47 lawsuits against various companies, citing ADA violations.”

H/T: Walter Olson


Jon Guze / Senior Fellow, Legal Studies

Jon Guze is the Director of Legal Studies at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the John Locke Foundation, Jon practiced law in Durham, North Carolina for over twent...