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What Relief Does New Disability Access Legislation Provide for Businesses?

In recent years, in response to complaints from both large and small business owners, the California Legislature enacted a variety of measures to rein in lawsuits by individuals with disabilities under California’s Unruh...more

On Global Accessibility Awareness Day, DOJ Releases Agenda Indicating Progress in 2016; Omits Title III

This morning, on Global Accessibility Awareness Day, DOJ participated by issuing its Spring 2016 unified agenda, including upcoming regulatory actions on web accessibility and movie captioning. AA65: State and Local...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: May 2016 #3

California Adopts ADA Relief for Small Businesses - Gov. Jerry Brown signed California Senate Bill 269 into law on May 10, 2016, providing some limited relief to small businesses that are sued for violations of the...more

Governor Brown Signs Legislation Aimed to Curb ADA Accessibility Abuses in California

This past week Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 269. The new law is the latest attempt to curb lawsuits brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”) and related states laws which many businesses...more

Only a Bona Fide Patron of A Business Can Bring an ADA Suit, Maryland Court Holds

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a refreshing breath of fresh air, a federal judge holds that an intent to return as a “tester” does not give a plaintiff standing to sue under Title III of the ADA....more

Owners and Developers Beware: Federal Law Preempts Your Remedies Against Design Professionals for ADA Violations

Recent years have seen a proliferation of lawsuits against building owners and businesses for violation of the accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Not only restaurants, but also hotels,...more

ADA 'Drive-by' Lawsuits are Targeting Restaurants

An increasing number of plaintiffs’ attorneys are targeting restaurants, bars, and retail establishments in urban areas for “drive-by” lawsuits under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Despite its...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: Feb. 2016 #4

ASTM Updates Property Condition Assessments Standard - The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) published at the end of 2015 the latest version of the Standard Guide for Property Condition Assessments:...more

Strategies for Defending ADA Accessibility “Tester” Lawsuits

In the last 15 months, over 200 complaints alleging ADA accessibility violations have been filed by three individual plaintiffs against Arizona retailers, restaurants, and hospitality entities. These "tester" cases assert...more

The Drive-by Plaintiff in the Hospitality Industry

July 26, 2015, marked the 25th anniversary of Title III of the ADA (“Title III”). The U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”), charged with regulating Title III, is finalizing regulations affecting a variety of industries,...more

Alert: DOJ Puts Pressure on Schools and Ed Techs to Provide Accessible Educational Technology

In our last alert on the growing interaction between ed tech and disability law, we noted that the Department of Justice ("DOJ") appears to be moving to extend the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") to...more

U.S. Access Board Releases the Latest in a Series of Guidance on Accessible Design Requirements Under the Americans with...

Retail stores, restaurants, event venues, and other places of public accommodation seeking guidance on accessible design requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) should be aware of the latest installment...more

Justice Department Applies ADA Title III To Carnival’s Cruise Ships, Website, and Mobile App in a Landmark Settlement

In late July, coinciding with the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) entered into a landmark settlement agreement with Carnival Corp. to improve the physical...more

Does Your Website or Mobile App Discriminate?

Are you confident that your business complies with federal anti-discrimination laws? If you offer goods or services to the public through the Internet, the answer may not be as simple as you think. Increasingly, lawsuits...more

Alert: Websites as Places of Public Accommodation: DOJ Settlement May Extend Accessibility Requirements to Virtual Space

Recent headlines around a high-profile settlement between the US Department of Justice and edX, Inc., one of the largest and earliest distributors of MOOCs, have once again highlighted the importance of understanding the...more

New York Law Creates Quandary for Businesses with New “Accessible Icon”

Despite the url and frequent federal focus of this blog, it is important to remember that many states and municipalities have their own disability access laws and regulations with which businesses must comply. ...more

Ninth Circuit Holds That ADA Is Applicable Only to “Actual, Physical Place”

The decision in Earll v. eBay finds that a website business not connected to any physical place is not a “place of public accommodation” for purposes of Title III of the ADA....more

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Privacy Authorities to App Marketplaces: Post Links to Privacy Policies - An international coalition of 23 privacy regulators released a plea to app marketplaces to act like “a responsible corporate citizen” and make...more

The Next Frontier in ADA Litigation: Website and App Access for the Disabled

For the last several years, consumers have increasingly turned to online shopping as an alternative to traditional "brick and mortar" stores. Some reports showed that "Cyber Monday" sales figures beat out those for "Black...more

Department of Education Issues Guidance on Sufficient Communication Modalities

On November 12, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), and the U.S. Department of Justice distributed a joint Dear...more

DOJ Settlement Suggests Push to Expand ADA Coverage to All Websites and Apps

The chance of future DOJ investigations justifies companies’ reviews of customer-oriented websites and apps for accessibility. As consumers continue to use the Internet and their smartphones for their shopping in...more

Public Bleachers Constructed Prior to the ADA Don't Need Additional Improvements if a Viable Alternative is Offered

Published Case Provides Blueprint for Viable Alternative Seating - The Ninth Circuit has ruled that the Americans with Disabilities Act does not require a public entity to structurally alter existing bleacher seating...more

Websites Hit with Demand Letters on Accessibility Issues Despite Courts' Rejection of Claim

In recent weeks, numerous businesses have received letters asserting that their websites are not accessible to persons with disabilities, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and California’s Unruh Act. These...more

Websites Hit With Demand Letters on Accessibility Issues Despite Courts’ Rejection of Claim

In recent weeks, numerous businesses have received letters asserting that their websites are not accessible to persons with disabilities, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and California’s Unruh Act. These...more

HUD Adopts New Accessibility Standard

On May 23, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced its adoption of an alternative accessibility standard for construction and alteration of housing and other facilities subject to Section 504 of...more

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