Americans with Disabilities Act Disability Access Claims

The Americans with Disabilities Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1990 to prevent discrimination against individuals with disabilities in employment, public accomodation, transportation,... more +
The Americans with Disabilities Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1990 to prevent discrimination against individuals with disabilities in employment, public accomodation, transportation, communications and governmental activities. The Act defines a covered disability as those mental or physical impairments that substantially interfere with one or more major life activities.  Five different federal agencies are responsible for enforcing the ADA: Department of Labor, Department of Justice, Federal Communications Commission, Department of Transportation and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  less -
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Pennsylvania Court Says Museum Must Waive Admission Fee for Personal Care Assistants

Seyfarth Synopsis: Pennsylvania court rules that a museum violated the ADA when it refused to waive the entry fee for a guest’s personal care assistant. A federal district court judge in Pennsylvania court recently held...more

Serial Plaintiffs Are Filing Waves of Disability Cases

Hotels, restaurants and retail establishments have been flooded with new lawsuits filed by serial plaintiffs that allege that a property (a place of public accommodation) is in violation of Title III of the Americans with...more

Serial Plaintiffs Are Filing Waves of Title III Disability Cases

Hotels, restaurants and retail establishments have been flooded with new lawsuits filed by serial plaintiffs that allege that a property (a place of public accommodation) is in violation of Title III of the Americans with...more

Latest California ADA Lawsuit Reform Attempt: “Watered Down Solution”

Seyfarth Synopsis: In yet another effort to limit predatory ADA lawsuits, California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law – effective immediately – legislation that will provide small business owners with some...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

Amid Growing Concerns Over the Proliferation of ADA Lawsuits, Congress and the California Legislature Address Measures to Curb ADA...

Since 2004, more than 20,000 ADA lawsuits have been filed in the country’s federal courts. The number of ADA filings in state courts is unavailable, but likely runs in the thousands. Nearly one half of all ADA lawsuits were...more

Miami Local 10 News Reports On ADA Title III Drive-By Lawsuits

Florida is one of the top states for ADA Title III filings. As we previously reported, in 2015, California, Florida, New York, Texas, and Arizona had 3,847 ADA Title III lawsuits. This accounts for 80% of the lawsuits filed...more

Exploding Consumer Web Accessibility Litigation: Remember, Employees Use The Web Too

Seyfarth’s ADA Title III Specialty Team has reported extensively on the legal uncertainty surrounding the accessibility of businesses’ websites to individuals with disabilities. Today it reports that businesses’ long wait...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

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

Temporary Obstructions Are a Permanent Problem Under the Americans with Disabilities Act

Boxes, ladders, furniture or other objects commonly placed in aisles, walkways or paths may not be temporary obstructions and may be actionable under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) according to a recent ruling by...more

ADA Requirements Pertaining to Wall Space Adjacent to Interior Doors Clarified

In Kohler v. Bed Bath & Beyond (No. 12-56727, filed February 19, 2015) the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a grant of summary judgment in favor of a department store related to the necessary...more

CA Supreme Court: New Duties for Businesses Regarding Having Defibrillators on-site; and Whether Anti-Discrimination Statutes Also...

California Rule of Court 8.548 permits the Ninth Circuit to certify questions of California state law to the California Supreme Court. On average, this happens a handful of times per year. Over the past five years, the...more

U.S. Access Board Advisory Committee's Recommendations for ADA-Accessible Medical Diagnostic Equipment: Implications for Health...

For the past several years, the health care community has been not only at the center of vigorous policy debates about the method of health care delivery in this country, but also in the crosshairs of agencies charged with...more

Take 5 Newsletter: An Employer's "Top 5" Action Items for 2014

It's December, and human resources professionals and law departments are reflecting on the issues addressed in 2013 and giving thanks for incident-free holiday parties. But the big question is this: What issues should get...more

Does Your Business Have A Website? Get Ready For New ADA Regulations

Courts have wrestled for several years with how to apply the ADA’s public accommodation requirements to online businesses or online aspects of businesses (USA Today published an article and quoted me on the issue available at...more

Action Required! New Commercial Lease Disclosure Concerning Disability Access Legal Requirements (California Civil Code Section...

This year, July 1 marks more than just the halfway point of the year. Effective July 1, commercial and nonresidential property owners in California have additional disclosure requirements to contend with courtesy of...more

Court Stops Serial Plaintiff's Latest Effort: Payne v. Chapel Hill North Properties

The United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina recently dismissed an Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) case filed by Denise Payne, a Florida resident, and National Alliance for Accessibility,...more

Five New ADA Pool Lift Lawsuits Filed

Five new lawsuits were recently filed against hotels under the recently-effective pool lift regulation....more

Reminder: ADA Accessibility Disclosures Required in Commercial Leases Beginning July 1, 2013

A friendly reminder from your neighborhood construction attorney . . . As I mentioned in an earlier post, legislation enacted this past year which established a new California Civil Code section 1938 will require that...more

Two More ADA Pool Lift Lawsuits Filed—More Are Certainly on the Way

Just saw two new lawsuits filed against hotels under the recently-effective pool lift regulation. Both lawsuits were filed on May 20—one in federal court in Minneapolis against a national hotel chain and the second, a...more

How To Avoid Your Business Becoming An ADA Target

It is certainly good to know what to do if your business is served with a lawsuit under the ADA. It is even better to know what steps you can take to help avoid your business becoming a target for these lawsuits in the first...more

Weekly Law Resume - December 27, 2012: ADA Defendant Granted Attorney Fees as a “Prevailing Party”

Les Jankey v. Song Koo Lee California Supreme Court (December 17, 2012) The Supreme Court upheld an award of attorney fees in favor of a defendant in a disability access discrimination case pursuant to California...more

New Law Aims to Cut Abuse in Disability Access Lawsuits

Most business and commercial property owners have had at least one brush with a disability access lawsuit. Because a defendant in these lawsuits must pay a successful plaintiff’s attorneys' fees, the lawsuits are often...more

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