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Disabling Code: Franchisors Should Ensure Digital Properties Are Accessible

by Lewitt Hackman on

Are we still in the dawn of the digital age, or have we moved on to mid-morning yet? Only time, and your company's web site and applications, will tell. Unfortunately, when it comes to website accessibility, it is still...more

New York Federal Courts Allow ADA Website Accessibility Claims to Continue

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Two federal courts in New York recently joined the growing list of those finding that Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) does apply to websites. Both courts denied motions to dismiss by businesses that had...more

Food and Beverage Law Update: August 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Wage and Hour - Tenth Circuit Aligns with Cumbie on Tip Credits - In Marlow v. New Food Guy, Inc., No. 16-1134, 861 F. 3d 1157 (10th Cir. June 30, 2017), the court affirmed the district court's ruling, consistent with...more

Is Your Website a Place of Public Accommodation under the ADA? The Plaintiffs’ Bar Says “Yes,” the Circuits Are Split, and the DOJ...

What do glasses retailer Warby Parker Retail, Inc., delivery service Grubhub, pizza company Domino’s and media streaming giant Netflix have in common, besides having significant online services? The answer is that they have...more

Two New York Federal Judges Refuse to Dismiss Website Accessibility Cases

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Two New York federal judges recently said that the ADA covers websites (even those not connected to a physical place) and one held that working on improving the accessibility of one’s website does not make...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

Surf-By Lawsuits: Is Your Company’s Website ADA Compliant?

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

Businesses continue to face uncertainty, litigation risk in the wake of DOJ’s “inactive” web accessibility rulemaking

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On July 20, the Trump Administration posted its first Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. For the first time, the Agenda included a list of “inactive” actions to notify the public of regulations “still...more

DOJ Puts ADA Website Project on Hold

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On July 20, the Trump administration published its Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, which transferred to an “inactive actions” list the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) ongoing project for additional...more

DOJ Disables Titles II and III Website Regulations

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has placed its once-planned website accessibility regulations under Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on an inactive list, putting to rest speculation about...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Lack of workable replacement (so far, at least) be damned—the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority has announced that [the scandal-plagued] Libor will be phased out by 2021 in favor of “transaction-based benchmarks”....more

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

ALJ Narrows OFCCP’s Request for Google Employee and Pay Data

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Last Friday, an administrative law judge limited the amount of information that the OFCCP may seek from Google in its on-going compliance audit because the agency failed demonstrate relevance or justify the...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

Administrative Law Judge Sides With Google in Denial-of-Access Case

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In an advantageous decision for federal contractors, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) ruled last week that a demand by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) for pay data about Google employees was...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

Will That Sandwich Make You Sick? – 8th Circuit Holds NLRA Does Not Protect Disparaging Statements By Jimmy John’s Employees

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On July 3rd, the 8th Circuit held that disparaging statements made by Jimmy John’s employees in a labor dispute were not entitled to National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA” or “The Act”) protections – because the actions were...more

EEOC Sues Time Warner Cable & Charter Communications for Firing an Employee With a Disability

Company Failed to Accommodate Employee and Terminated Her Within Days of Learning of Her Medical Diagnosis, Federal Agency Charges - LOS ANGELES - The U.S. Equal Employ­ment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit today...more

Website Accessibility Update: California Federal Court Denies Hobby Lobby’s Motion to Dismiss

by Bryan Cave on

Another website accessibility decision against a retailer, this time involving Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. in the Central District of California, highlights the uncertainty of the law and of litigating such cases while courts...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

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

Plaintiffs Score Another Victory in a Website Accessibility Lawsuit

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A federal judge in the Central District of California has allowed a blind plaintiff to continue his lawsuit about the accessibility of a public accommodation’s website under Title III of the ADA, despite...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

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

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