Long-Running Game Show Hit With Lawsuit

May 16, 2012  •  Post A Comment

A poplular CBS game show has been hit with a lawsuit, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s Hollywood, Esq. The suit, filed Friday, contends that the show, “Let’s Make a Deal,” makes it difficult for people with disabilities to get on the show as contestants.

Two wheelchair-bound fans of the show, Arnie Pike and Christie Rudder, filed the suit against the show’s producers, CBS Broadcasting and FremantleMedia claiming that they had to negotiate their way across busy streets and up slippery ramps in their attempt to appear on the show, suffering embarrassment and being treated unfairly, the piece reports.

Citing the Americans with Disabilities Act and California’s civil rights laws, the plaintiffs contend that the show failed to provide full and equal access to facilities and services. In the court documents, the plaintiffs tell of not having a parking facility for their handicap van, no accessible place for them to buy food, no handicap toilet and wheelchair ramps that were dangerous to use.

Furthermore, inside the studio, they were separated from other audience members and shunted into an "extremely dark" area that offered obstructed views because of cameras and equipment. The pair have sought an injunction that orders the defendants to alter their facilities, an injunction to shut everything down until the producers comply, and monetary damages.

CBS had yet to comment for the story while a Fremantle representative wasn’t available when the publication made inquiries.

Court documents reportedly show that Pike and Rudder have a history of filing similar lawsuits against fitness clubs, hotels, beaches, grocery stores and libraries — and Pike filed a suit against ABC’s "Dancing with the Stars."

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