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Trending: Website Accessibility Lawsuits Under Americans With Disabilities Act On The Rise

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

For years, lawsuits under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act concerning places of public accommodation were confined to brick-and-mortar physical barriers, such has steps, excessive slopes in parking lots, and...more

Employers Should Be Aware of Pitfalls When Entering into Severance Agreements

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Severance agreements in the workplace have evolved considerably during the last twenty-five years. The idea of severance being paid to an employee only where a company has an established severance plan is no longer a reality....more

Is Your Website Accessible to Disabled Users? If Not, Courts Say You Could Be Violating the ADA

by Jaburg Wilk on

Yes, seriously. This is no longer a remote threat cautioned by overzealous lawyers. This is now a real threat that business owners should address now. If you own and/or operate a business, and the business has a website that...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | July 2017

Cruz-Alvarez and Canfield Examine Recent Ruling on Website Access for Visually Impaired - Food and beverage companies offering retail sales on the web are facing a wave of lawsuits filed by visually impaired plaintiffs...more

New Law Requires Notice and Cure Period Before Commencement of MHRA Public Accommodation Litigation

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

In response to a growing number of “drive-by” accessibility lawsuits filed in Minnesota in recent years, and after an unsuccessful attempt to remedy the problem last year, the Minnesota legislature recently passed amendments...more

CPA Can’t be a Whistleblower for Non-Public Entities

Reyher v. Grant Thornton, LLP analyzed whether an employee of a CPA firm is protected by the anti-retaliation provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act for lodging complaints with an employer about suspected illegal activity regarding...more

Supreme Court to Decide Circuit Split on Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protection

by Saul Ewing LLP on

In late June, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Digital Realty Trust Inc. v. Paul Somers, No. 16-1276, to review whether Dodd-Frank whistleblower protection applies to employees who only report securities law violations...more

Top 10 Employment & Labour Issues for Employers

1: Accommodation in the Workplace - OVERVIEW - Employers have a duty to accommodate employees’ needs based on those grounds protected under federal and provincial human rights legislation. All employers are required...more

Federal Judge Holds Grocery Store Website Subject to ADA

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Following a two-day bench trial, a federal judge in Florida issued a decision on June 12, 2017, finding that the website of grocer Winn-Dixie must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) because the website is...more

Employers May Regret Forcing Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Test

While the U.S. Supreme Court may take a narrow view of the Dodd-Frank Act’s protections for whistleblowers by limiting them to those who report violations to the SEC, experts say such a decision could be a “Pyrrhic victory”...more

Florida Court Rules Grocery Store Website Is Subject To The ADA

Recently, the District Court for the Southern District of Florida held in Gil v. Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., that Winn Dixie’s website violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), and awarded the plaintiff...more

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

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