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Lawyers cash in on suits demanding ADA-compliant Web sites

Lawyers cash in on suits demanding ADA-compliant Web sites

The giant real-estate firm that was once the biggest political donor in New York is being sued by US Attorney Preet Bharara for not making one of its properties disability-friendly, new court papers charge. Glenwood Management — which had ties to now disgraced and convicted ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and ex-Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos — has ... Read More

Watch Out: Workplace Smells, ADA Disability, Telecommuting, and an EEOC Lawsuit

Seyfarth Synopsis: According to the EEOC in this just filed lawsuit, a home care services provider in North Carolina violated federal disability rights law when it rejected telecommuting requests from an employee whose asthma and COPD “made her sensitive to workplace smells.”  Earlier this month, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ... Read More

27 Years of ADA!

On July 26, 2017, the Department of Justice published “27 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act,” a document that provides brief case highlights about the Department’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) enforcement efforts this year. The document recognizes the ADA’s 27th anniversary and notes the Department’s role in advancing the ADA’s ... Read More

Omaha Steaks among companies facing ADA compliance lawsuits over websites

Legal experts are calling it the next frontier when it comes to business compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act: the Internet. Lawsuits are proliferating against business websites — civil suits citing lack of compliance with the law requiring companies to not discriminate against people with disabilities. In brick-and-mortar cases ... Read More

Cracker Barrel settles ADA federal lawsuit

PITTSBURGH — Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has settled a class-action lawsuit brought by a basketball star who claimed handicapped parking spaces at some restaurants are too steep or otherwise violate federal law. Sarah Heinzl, of Pittsburgh, plays on the U.S. Women’s Wheelchair Basketball National Team and sued in 2014. ... Read More

House Approves Disability Lawsuit Bill

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona House has approved legislation designed to crack down on disability access lawsuits that opponents say are just shakedowns for quick cash settlements. The measure targets what legislators call unscrupulous attorneys who they say are exploiting businesses by finding violations with the Arizonans with Disabilities Act ... Read More
Why Claims Under Americans with Disabilities Act Are Rising

Why Claims Under Americans with Disabilities Act Are Rising

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title III lawsuits are up 63 percent over 2015, according to law firm Seyfarth Shaw. ADA Title III prohibits businesses open to the public from discriminating on the basis of disability. The act applies to a variety of businesses and restaurants, including warehouses, movie theaters, ... Read More

Religious Institutions Exempt from ADA but Encouraged to Comply

In northwest Gainesville, Florida, Trinity United Methodist Church has developed a new playground on the church property that will be completely compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The new playground includes a Noah’s Ark with Bible verses in Braille, a chapel with specially designed wider doorways, removal of other ... Read More

EXCLUSIVE: Confidential contract exposes serial suers’ financial operation

ABC15 has obtained a confidential contract that exposes how a controversial Arizona group is attempting to turn lawsuits filed under the Americans with Disabilities Act into a lucrative money-making operation. Here are the basics: Plaintiffs are paid $50 per lawsuit. In return, the company pays all attorney, legal and court ... Read More