A federal judge in Atlanta dismissed an Americans with Disabilities Act complaint filed by a deaf woman who sought somewhat urgent treatment at a urology clinic that—despite scrambling to find an interpreter on short notice—was only able to provide someone who was noncertified in American Sign Language (ASL).

When the ad hoc interpreter’s efforts proved unsatisfactory, the clinic’s frustrated patient resorted to written notes and gestures, later suing Advanced Urology of Georgia for claims including violation of the ADA and other federal statutes and state claims including fraud and negligence.