Buckley Sandler Webcast: Mitigating Heightened Risk in Light of Recent Developments in ADA Digital Platform Accessibility Compliance
In a first impression trial verdict issued on June 13, 2017, the District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Juan Carlos Gil v. Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. held Winn-Dixie liable under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for a website that was not fully accessible to a disabled individual. This is the first known ADA website accessibility case to go to trial in federal court and in which the court required a company to comply with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) standard.
Over the past few years, the DOJ, which is charged with administering the ADA and its implementing regulations, has stepped up its enforcement of ADA against companies and financial institutions to increase access to digital platforms for disabled individuals. Concurrent with the increase in the DOJ’s ADA enforcement actions, the plaintiffs’ bar has been aggressively issuing demand letters to financial institutions of all sizes, seeking settlements for alleged violations of accessibility standards. Many plaintiffs’ law firms are now proceeding directly to court.
For further insights on the Winn-Dixie case and other trends in this area, please see Buckley Sandler’s analysis.
Attendees joined Buckley Sandler attorneys David Baris, Margo H.K. Tank, and Lori J. Sommerfield for a webcast to discuss this case and other ADA digital platform accessibility developments.
Ryan Diehl, Senior Sales Director, and Greg Leonard, Account Manager, from Level Access joined Buckley Sandler for this webcast. This session:
- Explained the Winn-Dixie case, as well as other recent cases, that have required compliance with the WCAG 2.0 accessibility standard
- Explained recent DOJ enforcement actions that have required compliance with the WCAG 2.0 AA accessibility standard, even in the absence of a final rule
- Provided practical advice on how companies and financial institutions can proactively prepare to ensure their websites and mobile applications meet appropriate ADA accessibility standards, and guidance on what to do if threatened with a demand letter or lawsuit
When: Wednesday, August 9, 2017 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm EDT
Registration required. Please, no outside law firms, government agency personnel, consulting firms, or media. After registering and being approved, you will receive a confirmation email containing instructions for joining the webcast.
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About Level Access
For two decades, Level Access (formerly SSB BART Group) has provided digital accessibility compliance solutions for thousands of organizations in the private and public sectors. In recent years, litigation activity under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) relating to banking web sites and mobile applications has exploded. Level Access works with banks and financial institutions of all sizes to protect them from the legal risks associated with digital accessibility and litigation under the ADA. Learn more at www.levelaccess.com.