Titanic Overreach


After delivering a fuck you to pot smokers in pain, The Supremes follow up with one for the entire world, or at least any country with a cruise line. Apparently the American Disabilities Act is so broad that it extends to foreign ships—which means that if you're a Honduran vessel hoping to pick up some Americans in U.S. waters, you'd better make sure your litigation-prone American passengers deem the swimming pool sufficiently accessible. In his dissent Scalia points out that it's delusional to think this was the intention of Congress, and the ruling could create a situation where ships face conflicting requirements everywhere they dock.

Brian Doherty navigates this particular sea of litigation here.