Luck must be favoring the Disney Company lately as they have been successful in two legal actions in as many months.
All Things Mouse recently informed readers of the dismissal of a trademark and copyright infringement case brought against Disney over Winnie the Pooh. Today we have news that a judge in Orlando threw out a case along with voiding a proposed settlement over a matter involving devices known as Segways.
Two Illinois residents along with one from Iowa had sued Disney in November of 2007 after the company would not allow them to use their Segways in Walt Disney World. They claimed this ban on the devices violated federal disability laws.
Segways are two-wheeled self-balancing devices that allow riders to stand while using them. It appears they have been gaining favor with some who are disabled, who prefer them to the normal wheelchair or scooter.
This is the sticking point that won the dismassal. U.S. District Judge Gregory Presnell said that the plaintiffs failed to prove that the Segways were necessary for their visits to Disney Parks since they could use the approved wheelchairs or scooters instead.
The settlement previously reached, but now void, would have required Disney to purchase at least 15 newly designed electric stand-up vehicles that would operate similarly to a wheelchair and within about the same dimensions. It will be interesting to see if Disney still follows through with this plan, even though they are now not required too.
For those who do not know what a Segway is, the video below shows them being used during a paid tour at Epcot, before normal operating hours.