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Websites are the next frontier of ADA compliance

Since 1990, Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has required places of public accommodation to meet certain standards for accessibility by persons with disabilities. The traditional definition of “places of public accommodation” – stores, schools, offices, etc. – has largely remained unchanged since the ADA’s enactment. However, ... Read More
64 lawsuits in two months: Are recent ADA suits “drive-by” litigation or a tool to help the disabled?

64 lawsuits in two months: Are recent ADA suits “drive-by” litigation or a tool to help the disabled?

A gubernatorial appointee who chairs the Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council has filed dozens of lawsuits against small businesses over the past two months claiming they violate federal disability laws. The 64 lawsuits filed so far by Mellisa Umphenour of Arvada are nearly identical in content and scope to scores of ... Read More
In Helping Those With Disabilities, ADA Improves Access For All

In Helping Those With Disabilities, ADA Improves Access For All

When the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law 25 years ago, “everybody was thinking about the iconic person in a wheelchair,” says civil rights lawyer Sid Wolinsky. Or that the ADA — which bans discrimination based on disability — was for someone who is deaf, or blind. President George ... Read More

Is your company’s website accessible to the disabled? You’d better hope so…

The Americans With Disabilities Act produced tangible benefits. Signed into law by President George H. W. Bush in 1990, the ADA banned employment discrimination against the disabled and eliminated unnecessary physical barriers to commercial and government buildings. But in the quarter-century since it was enacted, the law has also had countless unintended ... Read More

Predatory Lawsuits only hurt ADA Compliance

It’s been 27 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act became law; businesses should be in compliance with rules that ensure disabled individuals can access buildings, restrooms and services. But we are dismayed that those businesses not in compliance, however slightly, are being sued without notice or chance to first ... Read More
Is your business complying with disabled-access laws?

Is your business complying with disabled-access laws?

Here’s an older article we were in with the Union Tribune about the importance of complying with ADA laws. State-certified inspections • A 2008 state law, SB 1608, was intended to increase compliance with laws providing equal public access to businesses for people with disabilities while reducing unwarranted litigation. It ... Read More

State and federal legislation take new aim at predatory ADA lawsuits

The legislative fight against disability-based predatory lawsuits continues on state and national levels with new bills by Democratic Assemblyman Adam Gray and Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham. Both lawmakers condemn shakedowns of businesses by plaintiffs demanding thousands of dollars to settle lawsuits based on the Americans with Disabilities Act and ... Read More

Thousands of business threatened by ADA lawsuits

Businesses from coast to coast are dealing with lawsuits claiming they have violated Americans with Disabilities Act regulations, often causing some companies to go under. Some of these lawsuits come from complainants who file hundreds of claims against companies. Those filing the lawsuits are often looking for large, out-of-court settlements. ... Read More

Judge rules Arizona Attorney General’s Office can join ADA lawsuits as a defendant

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge has ruled that the Arizona Attorney General’s Office can join a batch of ADA lawsuits filed by a controversial “advocacy” group. The order was issued Friday by Judge David Talamante and is included at the bottom of this story. The Attorney General’s Office took ... Read More