By Julian Hattem - 04/03/15 10:45 AM EDT
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) does not apply to Netflix, a federal appeals court ruled this week.
“Because Netflix’s services are not connected to any ‘actual, physical place,’ Netflix is not subject to the ADA,” a three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled.
While the appeals court may have sided with Netflix, the online streaming giant was less successful with a similar case in 2012, filed by the National Association for the Deaf. A Massachusetts district court ruled at the time that the ADA did apply to Netflix, forcing the company to settle and pay more than $750,000 in the group's legal fees.
In settling that case, Netflix also pledged to place closed captioning on all of its videos by late 2014.