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State v. Cinemark Holdings, Inc. et al.

Date: 
October, 2011

This is an action brought under the Arizonans with Disabilities Act, Arizona Revised Statute § 41-1492, et seq., ("AZDA"), to correct a discriminatory public accommodation practice, to provide appropriate relief to aggrieved persons, and to vindicate the public interest. Movies are a vital part of the social, cultural and political life of Arizonans. Movies and their stars, music, themes, messages and characters infuse our social activities, entertainment, discussions and shared experiences. The State brings this matter to redress Defendants' failure to provide effective auxiliary aid and services equipment to transmit video descriptions, which are available on a dedicated track on many of the digital cinema packages sent to Cinemark by the film industry, to Janna Peyton and the class of similarly aggrieved persons who are blind or visually impaired, thus precluding their full and equal enjoyment of movies shown at Defendants' Arizona theaters in violation of the AZDA, Arizona Revised Statute § 41-1492.02(A), (B) and (G)(3).