Bar exam prep company BarBri and three blind law students who had alleged the company failed to provide equal access to parts of its courses in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act have settled the dispute, according to court documents filed this week.
In addition to the confidential settlement entered into on Jan. 19 by three named plaintiffs — Claire Stanley, Derek Manners and Christopher Stewart — BarBri also entered into a consent decree on Monday, in which it agreed to make certain changes to increase access to online materials as well as improve internal practices to respond to any issues blind or low-sight students may have.
By entering into the consent decree, BarBri did not admit any wrongdoing or liability.
BarBri was hit in April 2016 with the putative class action in federal court in Texas. The suit alleged BarBri's website, mobile application and other bar exam preparation materials failed to work properly with screen-reading software commonly used by the blind. The motion for class certification was still pending with the court when the settlement was reached, but attorneys for the students estimate the class could have included between 35 and 50 people.
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