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November, 1999 Archives
The Citibank Pilot Press Release was issued as a result of the Citibank Preliminary Talking ATM agreement, the first agreement in the United States in which a bank agreed to install Talking ATMs. The agreement was negotiated by Lainey and co-counsel Linda Dardarian using Structured Negotiations on behalf of the California Council of the Blind and blind advocates Steven Mendelsohn and Kathy Martinez. After the pilot announced here, the parties negotiated a final Citibank settlement agreement which resulted in installation of Talking ATMs at all Citibank branch locations in the United States.
The Wells Fargo California ATM and Alternative Format Settlement Agreement was the first in the United States in which a bank made a state-wide commitment to install Talking ATMs. The Agreement was negotiated by Lainey and Co-Counsel Linda Dardarian using Structured Negotiations. Claimants in the case were the California Council of the Blind and the four blind community representatives mentioned in the Agreement. In addition to Talking ATMs, Wells Fargo agreed to implement a comprehensive alternative format program to ensure effective communication of print materials to its blind and visually impaired customers.