Ultra Music Festival Miami

Ultra Miami sued for violating act relating to Americans with disabilities

Ultra Music Festival Miami, America’s largest electronic music festival, is on the receiving end of yet another lawsuit. The prestigious event, which was voted the world’s greatest festival for the second year running this year, is facing its second lawsuit in 2017, after being sued by Ultra Europe organisers in May on a number of different claims.

Blind activist and Paralympic athlete, Juan Carlos Gil, is pursuing the organisation on the grounds that their website and live events, are not easily accessible for the visually impaired and/or those with other disabilities. Gil claims the 30-page suit is “not an indictment of Ultra whatsoever,” but a “public motion for greater inclusivity.” 

The legal representative assigned to the case states:

“All we’re asking [Ultra] to do is recognise [that] this is a very diverse population, to make all their offerings available to all people in that population. We think it’ll make it a better Ultra experience and, obviously, a better Miami.” “I think the biggest misperception of this law is that people don’t understand that it’s been law for 25 years,” Dinin said. “This same law is a civil rights law”.

While the matter at hand is a significantly important issue, the lawsuit is not expected to deter patrons from attending next year’s 20th anniversary.

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