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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

Labor & Employment Newsletter - January 2018

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Website accessibility lawsuits continue to increase nationwide. Nearly every business sector has faced such lawsuits. In 2017, Florida ranked first in the number of website accessibility suits filed in federal court. Because...more

Collecting Information From Children

by Bryan Cave on

The United States has relatively few restrictions on collecting information from children off-line. Efforts to collect information from children over the internet, however, are regulated by the Children’s Online Privacy...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

Reminder: Re-Register Your DMCA Agent Designations Before End of Year or Risk Losing Safe Harbor Protections!

by Bracewell LLP on

U.S. Copyright Office Goes Paperless for DMCA registered agents; All paper registrations invalid as of December 31, 2017. As you’re making your end of year lists and checking them twice, better make sure you’ve registered...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 Nixes All Pending ADA Rulemakings, Including Website Access Rules

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Justice Department withdraws pending rulemakings for accessible websites, furniture and non-fixed equipment.The current Department of Justice’s (DOJ) regulatory approach to Title III of the ADA is yet...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

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

ICBA Members and Community Banks Released From ADA Liability

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Many community banks received letters from advocacy group Access Now alleging that the banks' websites violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for the visually impaired in provision of electronic information...more

'Zeran v. AOL': The Anti-Circumvention Tool

by Jaburg Wilk on

If I were an expert survivalist who was offered one tool to survive alone in the elements, I would probably choose a fire starter … but maybe a knife, a pot, or duct tape. Really, I would want all of those items because no...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

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

Time is Running Out for Retailers to Register DMCA Agent, Preserve Safe Harbor Protections

by Bryan Cave on

Retailers who host third-party content and comments on their websites have until the end of 2017 to register as internet service providers through the new online system in order to preserve their protections under the Digital...more

2017 Year in Review of Internet Companies’ Protection from Liability for Users’ Sexual Trafficking Content: The Courts Gave but...

by Butler Snow LLP on

At the beginning of this year, internet companies found strengthened protection from liability for users’ sexual trafficking content thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to review a key First Circuit decision...more

California Court Enjoins Canadian Court’s Global De-listing Order to Google as Contrary to CDA

In a decision that sets up a potential international comity showdown, a California district court granted Google’s request for a preliminary injunction preventing enforcement in the U.S. of a Canadian court order that...more

What is Website Accessibility and Why Does It Matter?

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

If you’re anything like us, a discussion that turns to the topic of software coding elicits panic– “are they going to want my legal opinion about this? Oh no! There’s a reason I didn’t take the patent bar – all those science...more

Protecting Kids' Information Under the COPPA Cabana

In August 2017, Disney and three of its software developer vendors were sued in a class action in California in which it was alleged that Disney collected children’s information in violation of the Children's Online Privacy...more

No End in Sight: ADA Website Accessibility Lawsuits Continue Unabated in 2017

The onslaught of class action lawsuits alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), based on the alleged failure to maintain ADA compliant websites that are accessible to the blind and visually impaired,...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

Website Accessibility: Is Your Website ADA Compliant?

by Revision Legal on

Legal activists for the disabled are filing an increasing number of successful website accessibility challenges. Among the companies sued: Hobby Lobby, eBay, Blick Art Materials, Five Guys, Target, Winn-Dixie, etc. Very soon,...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

“Not so fast, my friend*” — Judge Orders DreamHost Comply with DOJ’s Disruptj20 Search Warrant, with Caveats

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Can the government force the hosting service of an activist website company to turn over vast amounts of user data in order to track down political protesters? According to a federal court ruling, the answer — Yes, but...more

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