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Oh, My Website Has to be ADA Compliant. Wait, What?!?!?

Dr. Nole Specs created a website for his successful optometry practice. Over the holidays, Dr. Specs received a threatening letter from Mo Dougherty, a plaintiff’s lawyer. Dougherty’s letter claims Specs’ website is not ADA...more

Google Maps App Now Tells Users If Locations Are Accessible, But Is It Accurate and Reliable?

Seyfarth Synopsis: Google Maps now provides information on accessibility, but the information may not be particularly reliable or useful to gauge accessibility....more

Commercial Lease Alert: New Access Law Disclosure Requirements In Leases Effective January 1, 2017

Under current California law, commercial real property owners are required to state in every lease agreement whether the property leased has undergone inspection by a Certified Access Specialist (“CASp”) and, if so, whether...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

A Cautionary Tale: DOJ Intervenes in Another Web Accessibility Lawsuit

Seyfarth Synopsis: Fighting a web accessibility lawsuit could invite DOJ’s intervention, as did a Florida retailer’s recent Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings. Fighting a website accessibility lawsuit is very tempting...more

W. Gary Fowler Published in ‘Texas Lawyer’ - “President Donald Trump and the Enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act”

Jackson Walker partner W. Gary Fowler, recently authored an article published in the November 2016 edition of Texas Lawyer. In the article, “President Donald Trump and the Enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities...more

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

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

Hot Topics in Commercial Real Estate Winter 2017

Arnall Golden Gregory’s Retail Industry Team would like to thank those that joined us for our Annual Breakfast Briefing “Hot Topics for Commercial Property Owners and Managers” on November 29, 2016. We hope that you found the...more

What Landlords and Property Managers Need to Know About the Americans with Disabilities Act

In recent years, there has been a proliferation of “drive-by lawsuits” involving the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Such actions typically involve a plaintiff’s lawyer cruising around town with a disabled individual...more

ADA Part I: Ensure Stores are Accessible

In order to help retailers improve access to all customers and reduce potential liability, this is the first in a three-part series offering tips for compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). This week we...more

Must Your Stadium, Theater, or Museum Offer Complimentary Admission to Personal Care Providers?

Are public accommodations required to admit personal care providers for free? That’s the question that the lawyers in our Disability Access Practice Group have been hearing with increasing frequency since the U.S. District...more

RLUIPA Round-Up: Happy Cyber Monday

Take a break from the sales and give the Round-Up a read: ABC Channel 9 in Sioux City reports on a US Justice Department inquiry into the proposed siting of Our Savior Lutheran Church in a former Budweiser warehouse in...more

Proposed Rule for State and Local Government Websites Slated for July 2017

Seyfarth Synopsis: DOJ announces that proposed rules for state and local government websites will issue July 2017. The DOJ announced last week in the federal government’s Unified Agenda that it will be issuing a...more

How the Sharing Economy Can Tackle Discrimination Claims

As my colleague Brooke Tabshouri pointed out earlier this month, one of the unique situations facing the sharing economy is that customers — not coworkers or employers — may be the primary or even sole bad actors when it...more

New California Law Regarding Disclosure Of Disability Access Compliance In Commercial Real Property Leases

Beginning January 1, 2017, revisions to current California law will expand the disclosure requirements and the responsibilities of landlords and rights of tenants regarding the compliance of commercial real property with...more

Impaired Access: ADA Website Accessibility Lawsuits On the Rise

An increasing number of class action lawsuits have been filed over the past year against private companies by individuals alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for failure to maintain websites that...more

Is Your Website ADA Compliant?

Recently, a number of businesses across the country have become targets of demand letters and lawsuits arising under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Many of these claims have focused on financial institutions....more

Federal Website Lawsuits Spike; Community Banks Get Demand Letters*

Seyfarth Synopsis: The number of federal lawsuits alleging inaccessible websites continues to increase, along with the number of law firms filing them. Businesses should seek advice now on how to manage risk in this chaotic...more

Immediate Action Required: California Commercial Landlords Must Provide Accessibility Disclosures During Lease Negotiations

Assembly Bill No. 2093 is in effect.* It amended Civil Code Section 1938 to require landlords to provide prospective tenants with any report and/or disability access inspection certificate issued by a Certified Access...more

Reduce Potential ADA Liability by Making ATMs and Websites Accessible

Banks and credit unions are among the most recent targets of a wave of demand letters and lawsuits alleging violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (the “ADA”). The most common allegations concern...more

Pointers for Bank Recipients of Demand Letters Asserting ADA Non-Compliance

Community banks have recently been on the receiving end of demand letters from plaintiffs law firms alleging that the banks’ websites are in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (the “ADA”). ...more

Bank Websites Targeted for Title III ADA Violations – 12 Ways to Comply

An increasing number of companies in the banking industry are reporting receiving demand letters from law firms alleging website violations under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (Title III). These letters...more

MCAD Provides Guidance to Employers on Gender Identity Issues

Places of Public Accommodation May Not Discriminate Based on Gender Identity - Effective October 1, 2016, places of public accommodation in Massachusetts are prohibited from engaging in discrimination based on an...more

California Imposes New Disabled Access Obligations on Commercial Property Owners

Since July 1, 2013, California Civil Code section 1938 has required commercial property owners to disclose in every commercial lease whether the property being leased has been inspected by a Certified Access Specialist...more

Transgender Protections Expanded In California With All-Gender Restroom Law

On Thursday, September 29, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation which will require all single-occupancy restrooms in any business establishment, place of public accommodation, or government agency to be...more

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