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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

After Schiano: Lessons For Athletic Directors from Tennessee’s Coaching Search

The vetting and hiring of a new coach is one of the most critical responsibilities athletic directors face. Athletic directors work to identify coaching candidates that will give the university’s teams an opportunity to win...more

California Passes Website Accessibility Requirements Applicable To State Agencies

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: California will soon have a new law requiring WCAG 2.0 AA compliance for state agencies’ websites by 2019. On October 14, 2017 California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 434, which will create a...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | December 2017

Subway Sweepstakes Ads Lacked Adequate Disclosures, CARU Finds - After reviewing an ad for Subway’s “Fresh Fit for Kid’s Meal” featuring premium toys and offering a sweepstakes for a tablet, the Children’s Advertising...more

Increased Focus For School Website Accessibility

by Roetzel & Andress on

Recently, website accessibility has become a hot topic for schools across the country. Over the last year, the United States Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights (OCR), has escalated the legal expectation that...more

Matt Lauer Too? Unlike Cats, VIPs No Longer Have Nine Lives

by Carlton Fields on

Accusers of Harvey Weinstein were catalysts for an important national dialogue on sexual harassment. Weinstein’s company reportedly knew of his behavior and settled multiple harassment claims against the former mogul. By all...more

Courts Continue to Weigh in on the Issue of Website Accessibility

by Bryan Cave on

Courts across the country continue to weigh in on the issue of website accessibility. Earlier this month, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire denied a Motion to Dismiss filed by online food delivery...more

Happy Thanksgiving and the Many Things for Which We Are Thankful

Before everyone gets out of the office to their various homes and families to celebrate the holiday, we wanted to review the year and count our blessings. Not only are we thankful that our families and colleagues in our...more

Online Retailers Beware: Court Holds Website Violates ADA Despite Lack of Physical Store

by Bryan Cave on

Courts across the country continue to weigh in on the issue of website accessibility. Last week, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire denied a motion to dismiss filed by online food delivery servicer Blue...more

Video Game Software Industry Seeks a Final Disabilities Access Waiver Extension

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Federal Communications Commission (“Commission” or “FCC”) recently released a Public Notice seeking comment on a petition filed by the Entertainment Software Association (“ESA”) seeking a one year final extension of its...more

California Grocer: The “Wild West” of ADA Website Litigation.

by Downey Brand LLP on

Much of this increase has been driven by litigation focused on the accessibility of websites. Meanwhile, grocers have become more dependent on e-commerce and have adopted technology allowing customers to order groceries and...more

When the floodgates open, expect water at your doorstep

by FordHarrison on

About a month ago, my colleague Kristin Gray wrote about the breaking Harvey Weinstein scandal and best practices for employers to prevent harassment and discrimination from invading the workplace. And while I have no...more

Alert: When Will Video Game Software Need to Meet FCC Accessibility Requirements?

by Cooley LLP on

Since 2010, equipment and technology that allow consumers to communicate with each other using "advanced communications services" (ACS) has been required to provide access for consumers with disabilities. For video games,...more

Time to Revisit Morals Clauses

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Over the past few months, we’ve witnessed a steady stream of sexual harassment scandals in Hollywood. Many companies are taking proactive approaches and cutting ties with the men who have been accused of wrongdoing. Our...more

Federal Court Applies Charitable Organization Exemption in Telephone Consumer Protection Act Case

by Jones Day on

The Situation: A federal court recently weighed in on some of the considerations involved in applying the Telephone Consumer Protection Act's ("TCPA") exemption for charities and the third-party services that conduct...more

Employment Law - October 2017

Employer Bound by Oral Contract, California Appellate Court Affirms - Why it matters - Upholding an oral contract, the California Court of Appeal agreed with an employee that she should be paid a commission for certain...more

Federal Court Finds Telephonic Access Could Be an Alternative to Website Accessibility

A federal district court in Los Angeles last week endorsed the possibility that a business may be able to avoid making a website accessible if it provides the same goods and services through telephonic customer service. The...more

Telephone Access Might Be Valid Alternative to Accessible Website, But Court Needs More

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In denying Dave & Buster’s motion to dismiss and for summary judgment, a federal judge said that telephonic access might be an alternative to having an accessible website, but cannot decide until the...more

When 2017 Becomes 1984: Facial Recognition Technologies - Face a Growing Legal Landscape

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

Recently, Stanford University professor and researcher Michal Kosinski caused a stir of epic proportions and conjured up visions of George Orwell’s 1984 in the artificial intelligence (AI) community. Kosinski posited that...more

Another Court Finds That Accessibility Rules Apply to Retail Websites

Last month we told you that a court in Florida had ordered the Winn-Dixie supermarket chain to make its websites accessible to persons with vision impairments by following the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0...more

Equal Access in the Digital Age: OCR Ramps Up Investigations into Website Accessibility

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Consider the fact that we now live in a digital age, with limitless information at our fingertips, accessible (to many of us) with a few keystrokes or a simple voice command into our now ubiquitous cell phones. Now consider...more

What Businesses Should Know About Website Accessibility Lawsuits Under The ADA

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Serial plaintiffs are suing businesses in alarming numbers alleging that websites and/or mobile applications are not accessible to persons with disabilities. This checklist reviews compliance obligations and the potential...more

Uncertainty Increases After DOJ Drops ADA Regulations

Uncertainty for online retailers increased after the Department of Justice (DOJ) pressed pause on its plans to issue regulations under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)....more

Employment News - September 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

Don’t look now – European Court decides monitoring employee's email account did breach privacy right - In Barbulescu v Romania the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights has decided that an employee's right to...more

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