April 2015

By Minh N. Vu

We are pleased to report that The Economist took an interest in our research which showed a 63% surge in the number of ADA Title III lawsuits filed in 2014.  The Economist published an article (to come out in the print edition on April 25) entitled “Hobbling businesses: A law designed to help people with disabilities
Continue Reading The Economist Highlights Seyfarth's ADA Title III Lawsuit Data

CaptureBy John W. Egan

Despite the url (www.adatitleiii.com) 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. Although many state and local requirements are similar to the ADA, this is not always the case.

Usually we’re reporting
Continue Reading New York Law Creates Quandary for Businesses with New “Accessible Icon”

By Minh N. Vu and Susan Ryan

In August 2014, we reported that the number of ADA Title III lawsuits filed against public accommodations rose by nearly 9% in 2013 over 2012. At that time, we predicted that there could be a 40% increase in the number of lawsuits filed in 2014 based on 6 months of data. Now that
Continue Reading ADA Title III Lawsuits Surge by More than 63%, to Over 4400, In 2014

wooden gavel on laptopFailure to Provide an Accessible Alternative Is Not Intentional Discrimination Sufficient to Establish an ADA-Independent Unruh Act Claim

By Kristina M. Launey and Minh N. Vu

On April 1, 2015, the Ninth Circuit became the first federal appellate court in the country to hold that web-only businesses are not places of public accommodation under the ADA.

As we previously reported
Continue Reading Ninth Circuit Rules Website Must Have Nexus to a Physical Place of Business for ADA to Apply

E-learning education or internet library. Conceptual imageBy Minh N. Vu and Paul Kehoe

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and edX today announced an agreement under which edX has voluntarily agreed to make its website, mobile applications, and open source learning platform conform to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, Level AA (WCAG 2.0). EdX contracts with some of the most prestigious universities and institutions in the
Continue Reading Nation's Only Non-Profit MOOC Platform Provider Leads the Industry With Accessibility Commitment

(Photo) Tablet in LibraryBy Kristina M. Launey and Minh N. Vu

Although no federal appellate court has decided the issue, district courts are continuing to take sides in the debate over whether web-only businesses are subject to Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). For those of you keeping score, California leads the way, with multiple decisions from its district courts
Continue Reading Federal District Court in Vermont Finds Web-Only Businesses Are Places of Public Accommodation Under Title III of the ADA