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A Cautionary Ruling for Website Accessibility

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Websites may constitute “public accommodations” under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), according to one court. On June 12, 2017, in a case of first impression, a federal district court in Gil v. Winn-Dixie Stores...more

Two New Developments in Website Accessibility Cases: Nation’s First Website Accessibility Trial Verdict Is Far From a Winn for...

by Sedgwick LLP on

As numerous retailers know firsthand, website accessibility has become a hotbed for litigation in recent years. Despite plaintiffs filing scores of website accessibility claims against retailers each year, very few of these...more

Supreme Court to Determine Scope of Whistleblower Protection

A percolating issue with respect to the SEC’s whistleblower regulations is whether the anti-retaliation protections apply only when suspected misconduct is reported to the SEC, or whether the protections also apply when the...more

The Continuing Stream of Website Accessibility Claims: A Trial Victory for a Plaintiff and a Dismissal for a Company

by Littler on

Over the past 18 months, the number of claims being filed over website accessibility has increased dramatically. Although courts continue to differ as to whether websites are places of public accommodation covered by Title...more

Court Determines That Grocer's Website Not Used to Sell Goods Is Public Accommodation Under the ADA

by WilmerHale on

Last week, following a bench trial, a federal district judge in Florida concluded that the grocery store and pharmacy chain Winn-Dixie violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) because its website is not...more

Does the Most Recent Web Accessibility Ruling Impact Your Business?

by K&L Gates LLP on

The recent ruling in Juan Carlos Gil v. Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., case no. 16-23020-civ-Scola (S.D. Fla. 2017) will require the attention of businesses across the country that host websites. To recap, this was a case of first...more

Online Businesses Beware: Court Holds that Inaccessible Website Violates the ADA

by Bryan Cave on

Businesses with an online presence should take note that a United States District Court has held that Winn-Dixie violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) because its website was inaccessible to the...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: June 2017 #3

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the EEOC held a public meeting at which experts advised that age discrimination and bias against older workers...more

Federal Court Decision Approves New Class Of “Surf-By” Lawsuits - Is Your Website Susceptible To ADA Title III Challenges?

by Fisher Phillips on

A federal court in Florida issued a potentially groundbreaking decision earlier this week that could open the floodgates when it comes to a new trend in litigation filed under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act...more

Federal Court in Florida Rules that a Grocery Store Must Make its Website Accessible

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

Our retail and hospitality clients often ask whether the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) requires their websites to be accessible for individuals with disabilities. Unfortunately, as we have previously explained,...more

Access Denied: Trial on Website Accessibility Claims Results in Decision for Disabled Individual

On Tuesday, a federal district court in Florida issued an order in the first known trial involving accessibility to a public accommodation’s website. Ultimately, the court found that grocery giant Winn-Dixie violated Title...more

Forging a Legal Firewall: Recent Decisions May Shield Retailers from ADA-Based Website Inaccessibility Claims

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

In a post published earlier this year, we commented on a surge of lawsuits being filed under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Title III of the ADA prohibits discrimination in the full and free...more

Blind Plaintiff Prevails in First-of-Its-Kind ADA Website Accessibility Trial against Grocery Store Chain

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

In what is believed to be the first Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) accessibility lawsuit to go to trial in Florida, Gil v. Winn-Dixie Stores, No.: 16-cv-23020-RNS (S.D. Fla. June 13, 2017), Juan Carlos Gil prevailed...more

First Federal Court Rules That Having An Inaccessible Website Violates Title III Of The ADA

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Today’s first impression trial verdict finding retailer Winn-Dixie liable under Title III of the ADA for having an inaccessible website suggests that public accommodations should focus on their website...more

Employment News - June 2017 #2

by Hogan Lovells on

Keep it for later – European Court's Advocate General issues Opinion that the right to paid leave can be carried over if employer has not offered it - According to the preliminary Opinion of the European Court in The Sash...more

What to Do When the Whistle Blows: Best Practices for Conducting an Internal Whistleblower Investigation

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

It is nearly inevitable that at some point every company will receive an internal allegation of wrongdoing that will require the company to conduct an investigation. This primer on internal investigations raises key issues...more

Interesting Update: “Manufacturing” Law: Courts Join the States to Fill the Void

In a May 16 Blog Post, I reviewed several cases dealing with the question of whether Title VII’s ban on discrimination “because of . . . sex” included a ban on discrimination “because of sexual preferences.” I summarized...more

Duty to set up procedures enabling whistleblowing in France by 1st January 2018: Criminal / Labor consequences

by White & Case LLP on

On 11 December 2016, the law targeting transparency, anti-corruption and the modernization of the economy, also known as "Sapin II", entered into force, creating a new legal framework for defining and protecting...more

Nutter Bank Report, May 2017

Supreme Court Rules That Cities Can Sue Lenders Under the Fair Housing Act - The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a decision that reaffirms the standing of municipalities to sue lenders, including banks, for certain...more

Ninth Circuit Upholds Owners Rights to Seek Contribution From Third Parties for ADA Violations

In a victory for owners of facilities covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has upheld a property owner’s right to seek contribution from third parties who fail...more

Human rights claims against English-based multinational energy companies

by Hogan Lovells on

London is home to some of the world's largest multinational energy companies. In recent years, they have become the targets of claims for alleged human rights violations committed overseas. In this article, we consider the...more

Rumored Merger of OFCCP into EEOC Bolstered by Proposed Budget

by Cozen O'Connor on

In a move that could affect all employers, and significantly change the handling of discrimination charges and federal contractors’ affirmative action requirements, the Trump administration’s draft budget proposes a merger...more

Reminder: Modern Slavery Statement Deadline

by Dechert LLP on

A gentle reminder for all those with a turnover above £36 million and doing business in the UK. ...more

CFTC Revises Whistleblower Rule to Enhance Anti-Retaliation Protection

The CFTC has adopted final amendments to its whistleblower rules that will, among other things, strengthen the CFTC’s anti-retaliation protections for whistleblowers and enhance the process for reviewing whistleblower claims....more

Businesses Face Conflicting State And Federal Accessibility Requirements

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Many states and localities have their own distinct accessibility laws and regulations for businesses. Often these are not analogous to the ADA. For instance, businesses operating in New York must use the disability access...more

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