Seyfarth Synopsis: A California federal court decided after a trial that a blind plaintiff did not have standing to bring a lawsuit about an inaccessible website under Title III of the ADA, and California’s Unruh Act only protects people who try to access inaccessible websites while they are physically in California.
By Minh N. Vu
Seyfarth Synopsis: A recent Second Circuit decision holds that a plaintiff’s encounter with an alleged legal violation on a website, without more, does not give that plaintiff standing to sue under Title III of the ADA.
New York federal courts have been inundated with website accessibility lawsuits in recent years and continued to lead the country…
Continue Reading Bringing Website Accessibility Lawsuits in New York Just Got a Little Harder for Repeat Plaintiffs
Seyfarth Synopsis: ADA Title III website accessibility lawsuits filed in federal courts in 2021 jumped 14% over 2020, besting the 12% 2020 increase aided by a huge November 2021 spike in filings.
The numbers are in for total website accessibility lawsuit filings in federal courts in 2021, and they show a…
Continue Reading Federal Website Accessibility Lawsuits Increased in 2021 Despite Mid-Year Pandemic Lull
By Minh N. Vu
Seyfarth synopsis: The DOJ issued a new guidance on website accessibility that contains basic information about the ADA’s requirements for lay people but no new information for legal practitioners.
We can only speculate as to whether it was a response to the recent demand of 181 disability advocacy groups for regulations on website accessibility, but this…
Continue Reading The DOJ’s New Guidance Says Website Accessibility is an Enforcement Priority but Provides No New Legal Insights
Seyfarth Synopsis: The Eleventh Circuit has refused to reconsider its decision to vacate its prior order and the trial court’s judgment because of mootness; meanwhile disability rights advocates demand regulatory action from DOJ on accessible websites.
On March 2, 2022, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals denied Winn-Dixie’s request that the full panel…
Continue Reading As the Winn-Dixie Saga Finally Concludes in Florida, 181 Advocacy Groups Urge DOJ to Issue Website Accessibility Regulations
By Minh Vu
Seyfarth synopsis: Winn-Dixie has asked the Eleventh Circuit to recall its decision to dismiss the appeal and underlying lawsuit as moot and that the decision be reconsidered by a full panel of Eleventh Circuit judges.
A few weeks ago we reported on the Eleventh Circuit’s decision to dismiss as moot the appeal filed by Winn-Dixie challenging a…
Continue Reading Gil v. Winn-Dixie: It’s Not Over Yet
Seyfarth Synopsis: A massive surge in website accessibility lawsuits filed in the Southern District of New York suggests some holiday forum shopping by the plaintiffs-side bar.
The Seyfarth ADA Title III Team wishes all of our readers a very happy holiday season!
As many of you already know, our Team monitors…
Continue Reading Forum Shopping For a Website Lawsuit Over the Holidays? Look No Further than the SDNY.
Seyfarth Synopsis: Three businesses prevail in website accessibility lawsuits in New York and California.
Defending website accessibility lawsuits can be an expensive and difficult battle for public accommodations, but there have been a few bright spots for businesses this summer.
1. On July 14, 2021, Judge Brian Cogan of the United States District Court…
Continue Reading Businesses Score a Few Recent Wins in Website Accessibility Lawsuits
By Minh N. Vu
Seyfarth Synopsis: California federal trial court grants summary judgment for plaintiff, finding Domino’s violated the ADA by having a website that is inaccessible to the blind and orders Domino’s bring its website into compliance with the WCAG 2.0 guidelines.
Five years after the lawsuit was first filed, federal district court judge Jesus Bernal ruled on June…
Continue Reading Court finds Domino’s Pizza Violated the ADA by Having an Inaccessible Website and Orders WCAG Compliance
Seyfarth Synopsis: A recent order from the Eleventh Circuit signals that the court is seriously considering a rehearing in Gil v. Winn-Dixie.
As previously reported, the Eleventh Circuit made waves recently overturning a 2018 Florida federal court’s trial verdict ruling that Winn Dixie’s inaccessible website violated the ADA. On April 15, the plaintiff filed a Petition…
Continue Reading Winn Dixie Saga Continues: Eleventh Circuit Actively Considering Rehearing Request