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Is Your Website ADA Compliant?

Wednesday, March 6, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jeremy Richardson, Michelman & Robinson, LLP

There is yet another legal worry JPMA members should have on their radar screens – an uptick in claims made on behalf of visually impaired individuals against operators of websites not optimized for screen-reader technology. In fact, many companies have recently been sued or received demand letters from plaintiffs’ attorneys claiming violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

These website-access lawsuits – whether actual or threatened – have become so prevalent for businesses across industries that the New York Times reported just last month on the topic in an article entitled “Galleries From A to Z Sued Over Websites the Blind Can’t Use. Consequently, it is important for you to be aware of this growing trend and take steps to ensure compliance with the widely accepted standard Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 (you can Google it).

There are tools available that check websites for legal incompatibilities (the same ones many plaintiffs’ lawyers use) and provide reports that can inform members how ADA claims can be avoided (and hopefully discourage plaintiffs’ lawyers looking to squeeze them). You are strongly encouraged to be mindful of this concern and to contact knowledgeable counsel for help.

Jeremy Richardson is a partner of Michelman & Robinson, LLP, a national law firm with offices in Los Angeles, Orange County (California), San Francisco, Chicago and New York City. Jeremy is a juvenile products industry specialist who primarily represents manufacturers of children’s apparel, accessories and furniture in matters related to licensing, intellectual property and general corporate issues and day-to-day operations. He can be contacted at jrichardson@mrllp.com or 212-659-2557. Michelman & Robinson, LLP is an active JPMA Associate member.


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