From Seyfarth Shaw – “ADA Title III Lawsuits Up 63% From 2015”
What You Need to Know:
- 2016 mid-year count for the number of lawsuits filed in relation to the Americans with Disabilities Act Title III is:
- Up 63% from 2015
- Anticipated to reach 7,000 lawsuits in 2016
To put these numbers in perspective, the mid-year count for 2016 far exceeds the number of similar lawsuits filed in the entire year of 2013. As the number of lawsuits continues to rise, more and more site website accessibility as a core focus of the complaint.
Title III of the ADA states that all public accommodations open or providing services to the public must be accessible to people with disabilities. Consistently, through a multitude of resolution agreements across varying industries, the Department of Justice has extended the definition of public accommodation to include web content. Time and again, the United States Department of Justice and the Department of Education (in conjunction with the Office of Civil Rights) has sided with plaintiffs to hold website owners accountable for accessibility pursuant to Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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