Website Accessibility Lawsuit Filings: How It Affects ADA Compliance
As the number of federal lawsuits alleging failure to maintain American with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant website continues to proliferate, the risks and legal challenges faced by companies in the retail and hospitality industry also increase significantly. According to a recently published article, approximately 432 ADA website accessibility class action lawsuits have been filed in the first eight months of 2017. With the continuously evolving economic landscape, along with rising complex legislation efforts, the number of lawsuits filled for inaccessibility of ADA compliant websites are expected to grow for the years to come.
Listen as a panel of distinguished professionals and thought leaders organized by The Knowledge Group provide the audience with an overview of the latest trends and developments in Website Accessibility Lawsuit filings. Speakers, among other things, will also offer helpful insights and practical strategies in bringing out the best in these lawsuits in a rapidly evolving legal climate.
Key topics include:
- Website Accessibility Lawsuits - Legal Perspectives
- Challenges and Pitfalls
- Addressing accessibility of client assets;
- ADA Non-compliance Warnings
- Recent Court Rulings
- Significant Court Decisions
- Legal Actions
- Identifying ADA Compliant Websites
- Lawsuits By Industry
- Filing Requirements
- What Lies Ahead in 2018
Alisha A. Patterson, Partner
Rutan & Tucker
- Different website accessibility requirements for public entities (covered by Title II) versus private entities that serve as “places of public accommodation” (covered by Title III)
- How to figure out if a private entity’s website is a “place of public accommodation.”
Jasmine J. Abou-Kassem, Counsel
Addressing accessibility of client assets:
- Developing a strategy to address accessibility claims.
- Tools and methods for conducting internal audits to determine level of compliance;
- Tips and recommendations for research, retention, and contracting with consultants;
- Addressing accessibility on an ongoing basis, including tips for incorporating accessibility into company culture and practices, accessibility software and how it works, contracting with outside web developers, addressing accessibility in new/existing contracts with service providers, etc.
Who Should Attend:
- ADA Attorneys
- Website Owners and Developers
- Commercial Website Publishers
- Compliance Officers
- In-house Counsel
- Private and Public Companies
- Technology Transactions Attorneys
Ms. Patterson provides strategic counsel to, and litigates on behalf of, public agencies and private clients, including numerous California cities, property owners, and developers. She is currently the City Attorney for Claremont, and the Assistant City Attorney for Irvine, Laguna Woods and Duarte.
Ms. Patterson has experience handling matters at the intersection of land use and civil rights laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), the Federal Fair Housing Act (“FHA”), and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”). Knowing that civil rights laws are continually evolving, Ms. Patterson regularly reads new court decisions and keeps current on community and market trends in order to anticipate the needs of existing clients. She has advised public and private clients on ADA compliance and defense.
Ms. Patterson provides strategic counsel to, and litigates on behalf of, public agencies and private clients, including numerous California cities, …
Jasmine Abou-Kassem is Counsel in the Kansas City office of Polsinelli PC. She relies on her diverse experience, including serving as in counsel and as a commercial litigator, to bring value to clients in various industries including health care, education, financial services, data security, software, pharmaceuticals, and technology in the licensing, protection, and exploitation of their intellectual property and data. She regularly assists clients with negotiating, structuring, and drafting license agreements and a variety of related corporate transactions involving business process outsourcing, software development, consulting agreements, cloud services, complex licensing, privacy policies, and manufacture, distribution and reseller agreements. Jasmine believes that working closely with clients to identify potential risks in matters and take early steps to avoid them is the key to protecting clients’ assets and minimizing client liability.
Jasmine Abou-Kassem is Counsel in the Kansas City office of Polsinelli PC. She relies on her diverse experience, including serving …
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About Rutan & Tucker
Rutan & Tucker is an Am Law 200 Firm with offices in Orange County and Silicon Valley. Rutan represents a broad spectrum of clients, from major multinational corporations and financial institutions to family-owned businesses and private individuals; from high technology and industrial enterprises to agricultural firms; from real estate developers to governmental agencies, educational institutions, and charities. The firm’s practice extends throughout the United States and includes both t he representation of foreign companies doing business in the United States and domestic companies engaged in activities abroad.
Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with more than 800 attorneys in 20 offices. Ranked #24 for Client Service Excellence1 and #10 for best client relationships2 among 650 U.S. law firms, Polsinelli was also named among the top 20 best-known firms in the nation3. The firm’s attorneys provide value through practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and focus on health care, financial services, real estate, intellectual property, mid-market corporate, labor and employment, and business litigation.
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