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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

Don’t Get Caught Whistling Winn-Dixie: Rethinking ADA Compliance After First-of-its-Kind Verdict

On June 13, 2017, the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida issued a verdict in a first-of-its-kind federal trial involving the alleged inaccessibility of a website under the Americans with Disabilities Act...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

Try Not to be so Friendly: Current Issues in Interviews and Advertising

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

Many of us like to chat. We like to know what you’re reading, how your kid’s baseball season is going, and what kind of pie you like, but while hostesses love you at a cocktail party, chatting can lead to trouble, especially...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

Retailer Loses ADA Website Accessibility Trial

by Bryan Cave on

Retailers with both physical locations and a website 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...more

R-E-S-P-E-C-T in Your Workplace

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Are racial issues, religious differences, and gender norms creating tension in your workplace? Are the caustic exchanges so evident in news coverage today starting to crop up in the office? Are employees complaining of...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

First Public Accommodations Website Accessibility Case Goes To Trial In Florida

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The first trial under the ADA about the accessibility of a public accommodation’s website took place last week in the Southern District of Florida. Last week, U.S. District Judge Robert Scola presided...more

Marty Stern: Hot-Button Issues Facing the FCC—More than Net Neutrality

WASHINGTON, D.C.—While Net Neutrality remains the highest profile issue involving the Federal Communications Commission, the FCC continues to receive a significant volume of comments from industry officials and lobbying...more

Attorney-Client Privilege and Corporate E-Mail: Navigating the Morass of Personal Communications in Investigations

by King & Spalding on

Experienced practitioners know that the purpose of the attorney-client privilege is to protect the confidentiality of client communications. Thus, as company policies that allow monitoring of emails or provide third party...more

There's an App for That: Franchisors Fight Slumping Sales, Millenials

by Lewitt Hackman on

How has the gourmet burger gone awry? According to Fox, the better burger business dropped five percent in foot traffic at quick-serve restaurants last year, primarily because consumers are opting to “DIY” their food at home....more

Fox News Lawsuits Highlight Importance of Workplace Culture

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Employers should take note of the position Fox News is in due to the proliferation of recent lawsuits against the network by numerous current and former employees. To be clear and fair, the lawsuits only involve allegations...more

10-step plan for fair and balanced approach to preventing workplace harassment

by FordHarrison on

In less than a year, Fox News has lost its founder and one of its most well-known anchors due to widespread sexual harassment allegations. Fox News recently reported that 20th Century Fox paid $10 million in sexual harassment...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

With oil markets again in free fall, Saudi Arabia and Russia have agreed to cut production, and industry experts expect that the rest of OPEC may soon follow suit....more

Education Newsletter Volume 1, Number 1: Arizona Senator Introduces Bill to Expand the Rights of Student Speech

by Dickinson Wright on

This session, Arizona Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Yee (R-Phoenix) introduced Senate Bill 1384 to expand the rights of student journalists. If passed would grant both high school and college level student journalists the...more

2017 Federal ADA Title III Lawsuit Numbers 18% Higher than 2016

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The increase of ADA Title III lawsuits in federal court shows no signs of stopping. From January 1 through April 30, 2017, 2629 lawsuits were filed — 412 more than during the same period in 2016....more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: May 2017

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, we saw several developments in the area of race discrimination in employment, including a Second Circuit decision that has generated media coverage and commentary. The Second Circuit’s ruling reversed a lower court...more

Fox News & Bill O’Reilly – Best Practices for Conducting Internal Workplace Investigations

by FordHarrison on

Bill O’Reilly’s reign as a Fox News favorite came to an abrupt end amid a series of allegations of sexual harassment against him. After the most recent allegations, Fox News hired large law firm, Paul Weiss, to conduct its...more

Employment Law - April 2017 #2

NLRB Affirms New Standard on Employee Email Use - Why it matters - A divided National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) affirmed that if an employer provides employees with access to the email system, then employee use of email...more

Is Calling Your Boss “a Nasty Mother******” Protected Activity?

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

My colleague Gary Starr returns today with a decision from the Second Circuit (which covers Connecticut) that may just surprise you. Then again, if you’ve been following this line of reasoning, perhaps not....more

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