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Uncertainty Increases After DOJ Drops ADA Regulations

Uncertainty for online retailers increased after the Department of Justice (DOJ) pressed pause on its plans to issue regulations under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)....more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - August 2017

Data Breach Lawsuits Continue to Fill the Courts - Data breach litigation continues to fill the courts in all stages, with a new class action filed against Tempur Sealy International and the dismissal of a suit against...more

News from AGG's Retail Industry Team - Summer Edition

Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides “[n]o individual shall be discriminated against on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges,...more

DOJ Places Website Rulemaking on the “Inactive” List

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Trump Administration’s first Unified Agenda reveals DOJ has placed web accessibility, medical equipment, and furniture rulemakings under Title II and III of the ADA on Inactive List....more

ADA in the Digital Age - Federal Court Strikes Down Inaccessible Website

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

For the first time, a federal district court has granted a verdict finding that a private-sector company violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) because its website was inaccessible to a visually...more

Groundbreaking Trial Ends with Ruling that Grocery Store Must Make its Website ADA Accessible

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

In a first, a federal court in Florida ruled recently that a grocery store must make its website accessible to the disabled. The plaintiff in the case, a blind man who uses screen-reading technology to access and view...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

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

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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

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

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

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: April 2017 #4

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Last week, the EEOC announced that The American Dental Association has agreed to pay $1.95 million to settle retaliation claims. The Association’s former legal counsel and director of human resources alleged that they were...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: April 2017 #2

by Zelle LLP on

Last Tuesday was Equal Pay Day, which highlights the gender pay gap. It marks how far into the new year women must work to earn what men made in the previous year. In other developments focused on pay practices, the U.S....more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: April 2017

by Zelle LLP on

There was a lot of discrimination law action last week, including the announcement of a $12 million settlement to be paid by Texas Roadhouse. The EEOC brought an age discrimination suit against the Louisville, Kentucky-based...more

Florida Federal Court Holds That a Website is Not a Place of Public Accommodation

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth synopsis: A Florida Judge Holds that SeaWorld’s website is not a place of public accommodation covered by Title III of the ADA but the decision has its limits....more

New Regulation Setting Federal Agency Website Standard Published, Setting Compliance Deadline

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Final Rule Setting WCAG 2.0 AA as the Federal Agency Website Standard Published in Federal Register, Triggering Compliance Deadline of January 18, 2018....more

Top Ten Education Developments, Breaches, and Settlements of 2016

This year has been a busy year for education law in the area of data privacy. Educational institutions continue to be a rich target for hackers. Additionally, there were some important developments in the interpretation of...more

FCC Allows Wireless Carriers and Device Manufacturers to Replace Text Telephony with Real-Time Text Technology

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On December 15, 2016, at the last Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) Open Meeting under Chairman Tom Wheeler’s tenure, the Commission voted unanimously to adopt a Report and Order (Order) and Further Notice...more

Website ADA Compliance Remains a Pressing Concern

As discussed in a prior client alert, Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which forbids “places of public accommodation” from discriminating against those with disabilities, may also apply to websites....more

Controversial 60 Minutes Segment on “Drive-By” ADA Lawsuits Highlights Negative Aspect of the Law

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Seyfarth Synopsis: Here’s our take on Sunday’s 60 Minutes episode on “drive-by” abusive ADA Title III lawsuits and the legislative efforts to address them. 60 Minutes aired a segment about ADA Title III “drive-by”...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: November 2016 #4

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, a federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction blocking implementation of the Department of Labor’s new rules on overtime, which would have extended overtime eligibility to approximately 4 million...more

Website Design Implicated in Two Rulings on Enforceability of Online Terms – Highlights the Importance of Legal Review of Design...

This past summer, we wrote about two instances in which courts refused to enforce website terms presented in browsewrap agreements. As we noted, clickthrough agreements are generally more likely to be found to be enforced. ...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: November 2016 #2

by Zelle LLP on

Employment law commentators spent much of last week speculating about the impact of a Trump administration on workplace laws and regulations. HR Dive summarized the results of state minimum wage and marijuana initiatives and...more

IMDb Challenges Recent California Law Shielding Actors’ Ages

IMDb.com Inc., the creator of the popular online database of movies and industry professionals, has filed suit in federal court challenging the recently enacted California Assembly Bill 1687 that requires the deletion of an...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: November 2016

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Last week, a Pennsylvania federal court held that Title VII protects lesbian, gay, and bisexual employees from sex discrimination. As we noted in last Thursday’s post, courts around the country have differing views about...more

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