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The Settlement 




Baltimore, Maryland (August 27, 2008): The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and Target (NYSE: TGT) announced today that they have settled a class action lawsuit regarding access to the Web site by blind people.


Dr. Marc Maurer, president of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “Access to Web sites is critical to the full and equal participation of blind people in all

aspects of modern life. The National Federation of the Blind is pleased to have

reached a settlement with Target that is good for all blind consumers, and we

recognize that Target has already taken action to make certain that its Web site

is accessible to everyone. We look forward to working with Target in the coming

months to help make additional improvements that will enhance the experience

of blind visitors to It is our sincere hope that other businesses

providing goods and services over the Internet will follow Target’s example and

take affirmative steps to provide full access to their Web sites by blind



Bruce Sexton, Jr., a named plaintiff in the case from the beginning, added: "This

settlement marks a new chapter in making Web sites accessible to the blind. I

commend Target for committing to being a leader in online accessibility."

Steve Eastman, president of, said: “First and foremost, Target is

committed to serving all our guests. As our online business has evolved, we

have made significant enhancements in order to provide an accessible shopping

experience. We are pleased to have reached an agreement with the National

Federation of the Blind regarding the accessibility of for individuals

who use assistive technologies and will work with the NFB on further refinements

to our Web site.”


As part of the settlement, Target will establish a $6 million fund from which

members of the California settlement class can make claims. In addition, the

National Federation of the Blind will certify the Target Web site through its

Nonvisual Accessibility Web Certification program once agreed upon

improvements are completed in early 2009. Target and NFB have agreed to a

three-year relationship during which NFB will perform accessibility testing of the

Target Web site. For more information about the terms of the settlement, please



About the National Federation of the Blind

With more than 50,000 members, the National Federation of the Blind is the

largest and most influential membership organization of blind people in the

United States. The NFB improves blind people’s lives through advocacy,

education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and

self-confidence. It is the leading force in the blindness field today and the voice

of the nation's blind. In January 2004 the NFB opened the National Federation of

the Blind Jernigan Institute, the first research and training center in the United

States for the blind led by the blind.


About Target

Minneapolis-based Target serves guests at 1,648 stores in 47 states nationwide

by delivering today’s best retail trends at affordable prices. Target is committed to

providing guests with great design through innovative products, in-store

experiences and community partnerships. Whether visiting a Target store or

shopping online at, guests enjoy a fun and convenient shopping

experience with access to thousands of unique and highly differentiated items.

Target (NYSE:TGT) gives more than $3 million a week to its local communities

through grants and special programs. Since opening its first store in 1962, Target

has partnered with nonprofit organizations, guests and team members to help

meet community needs.

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