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David Ferleger (left), and Susan V. Warner (right) of FisherBroyles. Courtesy photos.

Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. on Oct. 4 asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit to reverse a key 2017 ruling involving the rights of blind internet users, paving the way for a host of similar website accessibility lawsuits.

The original case was brought by legally blind Miami resident Juan Carlos Gil, a Winn-Dixie rewards member and regular customer who claimed that the store’s website blocked his access to certain goods and services.

Gil had tried to use Winn-Dixie’s site to refill prescriptions and access coupons, but found that its features weren’t compatible with the computer screen reading program he used to browse the internet, JAWS (Job Access With Speech), which converts text to speech or uses a refreshable Braille display.

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Raychel Lean

Raychel Lean is ALM's Florida bureau chief, overseeing the Daily Business Review. Email her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter via @raychellean.

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