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No Relief in Sight from Website Accessibility Lawsuits

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

In February 2017, we reported on a surge in website accessibility lawsuits brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). This litigation trend has accelerated over the past year and shows no signs of slowing...more

Communications Accessibility in Games: What Game Developers Need to Know

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Starting January 1, 2019, any new video game software that is capable of accessing or using an advanced communications service (ACS) must include solutions to eliminate barriers to accessibility for people with disabilities....more

Broadcasters Prepare for Their #MeToo Moment

by Pillsbury - CommLawCenter on

People often conflate the term “FCC lawyer” with “Communications Lawyer,” thinking of an FCC Lawyer as someone who represents clients solely with regard to interactions with the FCC and its rules. A Communications Lawyer,...more

Employment Law - March 2018

AGs Urge Legislation Ending Arbitration for Sexual Harassment Claims - Why it matters - In a letter to congressional leadership, the attorneys general of all 50 states, the District of Columbia and five territories...more

JSH Reporter - Fall 2017

It has been over one year since our last issue, and we are pleased to share several resources with you, including important case summaries, law updates, attorney-authored articles, and firm news and events. Please see full...more

ADA Suit Against Blooms

Demonstrating the minefield facing online retailers, the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts refused to dismiss an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility suit filed against

Google now sued by fired engineer from other end of the political spectrum

Employment partner Wendy Lane was quoted in a February 23, 2018, Daily Journal article about a new discrimination lawsuit filed in San Francisco against Google by former engineer Tim Chavalier. Chavalier claims he was fired...more

Lessons for Employers in the Case of a Former Google Software Engineer Fired for Violating Company Anti-Discrimination Policies

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Earlier this week, an NLRB attorney issued an advice memo concluding that software giant Google did not violate Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act ("NLRA"), when the company terminated software engineer James...more

Europe: Can new “hate speech” legislation set the mould for the Copyright Directive?

by Hogan Lovells on

The phenomenon of so-called “Hate Speech” has been in the public eye for a while now, but particularly in German news. Hate speech denotes verbal attacks and accusations based on personal attributes such as race, religion,...more

California Court “Swipes Left” And Reverses Tinder’s Age-Based Price Discrimination Win

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a class action lawsuit alleging that Tinder discriminated on the basis of age in violation of California state laws by charging consumers age 30 and over a higher price for Tinder Plus subscriptions, the...more

ADA Title III Lawsuits Increase by 16% Percent in 2017 Due Largely to Website Access Lawsuits; Physical Accessibility Legislative...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The number of federal ADA Title III lawsuits continue to surge in 2017, fueled largely by website accessibility claims; while legislative reform efforts continue to mitigate the physical accessibility...more

Consent Decree in BarBri Case Includes Compliance With WCAG Standards for Digital Content

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

BarBri, Inc., a provider of review courses and materials for law school graduates preparing for the bar exam, earlier this month entered into a consent decree to resolve claims that its online and app-based content was not...more

Help Wanted: How Your Online Job Advertisements Could Be Considered Age Discrimination

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

More and more employers are seeking employees on the internet through targeted advertisements on Facebook. Employers can target these advertisements to certain users based on age, location, interests, experience, among other...more

DOJ Drops Plans for ADA Guidance

It’s official: After years of waiting, the Department of Justice (DOJ) will not provide online retailers with guidance on the boundaries of website accessibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)....more

Not Your Grandad’s Facebook? Targeted Social Media Ads Spur Age Discrimination Lawsuit

Can you target advertisements to a group based on age? The Communications Workers of America (CWA) and several individuals think not and filed suit against T-Mobile, Amazon, Cox Communications, and Cox Media Group. The...more

Website Accessibility Cases Proceed Despite Absence of Regulations

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Recent trends indicate that ’tis always the season for web accessibility litigation, so with the new year, you should take a new look at your website. Businesses around the country, and especially in Florida, are discovering...more

Digital discrimination: Targeted ads don’t reach all potential applicants

by McAfee & Taft on

Since the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) was first enacted in 1967, “help wanted” ads have evolved significantly – from classified ads in the local newspaper to listings on company websites and online job sites...more

Is Your Company Website Sufficiently Accessible to the Disabled?

by Nossaman LLP on

ADA Title III Litigation Continues to Increase - Over the last two years, there have been an increasing number of lawsuits filed over the alleged failure of websites to accommodate persons with disabilities. According to a...more

A New Year for Online Businesses: DOJ Ends 2017 by Withdrawing Website Accessibility Rulemaking

by Bryan Cave on

2017 was a busy year for retailers and businesses with an online presence, as they faced a wave of demand letters and lawsuits alleging that their websites are inaccessible to the visually impaired and/or hearing impaired in...more

Proposed Pepsi Center Consent Decree Requires Open Captioning at Games and Concerts

In a proposed consent decree submitted for preliminary approval to the federal district court in Denver on December 29, 2017, the owners and operators of the Pepsi Center arena in Denver reached an agreement with a proposed...more

2017 Website Accessibility Lawsuit Recap: A Tough Year for Businesses

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: 2017 saw an unprecedented number of website accessibility lawsuits filed in federal and state courts, and few courts willing to grant early motions to dismiss....more

DOJ Officially Pulls the Plug on Regulations Already on Life Support

In a move that surprises no one, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced today, December 26, 2017, that it has officially withdrawn its two Advanced Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) related to website...more

Employment Law - December 2017 #2

NLRB’s Noteworthy Developments - Recent decisions from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) find the board overturning two of its previously established standards. The NLRB overturned its standard for assessing the...more

ADA Litigation Continues With Recent Settlements

As the wave of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) litigation against online retailers continues, a handful of companies have settled lawsuits for failing to make their websites accessible to those with visual impairments....more

Surf’s Up! Don’t Become The Next Victim Of A Surfing Suit

by Fisher Phillips on

The past few years have seen a steep increase in litigation brought against hospitality businesses under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These suits often contend that certain aspects of a building,...more

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