ADA Website Lawsuits and Compliance

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The attorneys at the Karlin Law Firm can help with claims that your website is not ADA compliant. We are aware of the attorneys who have been sending threating letters and filing lawsuits regarding ADA Website compliance. Some of these attorneys include: Scott Ferrell, Victoria Knowles, Rusty Payton, Marc Dann, Joesph Manning (hotel website ADA lawsuits and other claims), Micheal Manning (hotel website ADA lawsuits and other claims) , Craig Cote (hotel website ADA lawsuits and other claims), Caitlin Scott, Vineet Dubey, and plaintiffs Sean Gorecki, Dona Dugo(hotel website ADA lawsuits), Kayla Reed (hotel website ADA lawsuits), and Edward Davis, Perla Mageno, Paupak Barekat (hotel website ADA lawsuits) , Abacuc, Abacus Heras (hotel website ADA lawsuits).  In our view, many of these claims are bogus and frivolous. Give us a call, we can help.

Other than the hotel website claims, these claims often state or imply that the Department of Justice (D.O.J or DOJ) has established firm guidelines for ADA website compliance. We believe this is false and misleading. We generally take the position that these guidelines do not apply. The reference in these claims is often to:

The international website standards organization - the World Wide Web Consortium ("W3C").

This organization has published: Version 2.0 of the Web Contact Accessibility Guidelines ("WCAG").

WCAG 2.0 guidelines 3.1.1 and 2.4.4 and 3.1.2

We have noted, however, that the DOJ has stated that they have not yet established their own Guidelines for this, but hope to do so by 2018. At least one federal judge has held that until the DOJ establishes guidelines, businesses are not required to comply with any particular standard.  In addition, there is reason to belive that the DOJ will never establish specific guidelines, in part, because the internet is ever changing and what may look good today will be outdated tomorrow.

Hotel website cases are a more recent target.  These claims usually allege that the Hotel Website does not describe the accessable ADA guest room enough to allow a disabled person to decide what if any room to reserve.

After reviewing and/or resolving over 1000 ADA claims, it is our view that the vast majority of all these ADA claims are bogus and abusive.

We are here to help.

Here's some resorces for Web and website Accessibility checkers and testers and testing:

One commonly used free Website Accessibility checker - tester:

https://wave.webaim.org/

Shopify article:

https://www.shopify.com/partners/blog/website-accessibility-testing


W3C - Web Accessibility Initiative checker and testers list from W3C:

https://www.w3.org/WAI/ER/tools/


Personal assistance with Website Accessibility testing or checking

https://wcagcompliancecheck.com/