On Further Review

I posted on July 3 about a ruling from a federal court in Massachusetts that Netflix make be a “place of public accommodation” for purposes of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Now, a California based federal court has decided that because Netflix is purely a virtual enterprise, it is not a place. I think it’s a really interesting question that will have implications for all kinds of online operations. Given the split here, I suppose two things could happen. One, the cases will work their way up to the Supreme Court, or two (and this might be a better solution) Congress might amend the law to answer the question. But either way, don’t expect a resolution soon.