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 Website Accessibility – Are you Compliant?

As companies continue the wait for the Department of Justice to publish regulations on website accessibility under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which are not expected until at least 2018, plaintiffs across the country are taking the battle to court, catching some companies off-guard.

The most recent decision in such a case came on June 12, 2017 from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida where, after a two-day bench trial on June 5, and 6, 2017, the court held that the Winn-Dixie grocery store chain violated the ADA by maintaining a website that was inaccessible to visually impaired customers. Even further, the court ordered the grocery store chain to update its website with appropriate modifications that will make it accessible to visually impaired customers in accordance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 criteria.

In the absence of formal regulations from the DOJ, website accessibility lawsuits have become popular during the last several years. As we continue to wait on clear guidance from the DOJ, Plaintiffs are taking advantage of this uncertainty and putting the pressure on companies through litigation in many jurisdictions across the country.

For more information about website accessibility, and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 criteria, click HERE.

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