Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires places of public accommodation, such as hotels, shopping centers, retailers, health care providers, restaurants, and private educational institutions to maintain facilities accessible to the disabled. Most businesses understand their obligations to make their physical facilities accessible under the ADA. Increasingly, however, companies also face the threat of legal action based on claims that their websites and/or mobile applications are inaccessible to disabled users. What many businesses do not realize is that in the internet age, ADA accessibility may involve more than compliance with architectural and structural requirements for physical facilities - websites and mobile applications may be required to be accessible as well.
In 2016, more than 250 lawsuits were filed against businesses, primarily in the retail, hospitality, and financial services industries, alleging that the companies’ websites were inaccessible to users with disabilities. The exposure in these cases can entail not only
This program, taught by Gibbons P.C. attorneys Mark S. Sidoti and Jeffrey L. Nagel, the Directors of the Business & Commercial Litigation practice, will outline the current law surrounding website accessibility, describe the threat facing businesses and discuss ways to mitigating these threats.
Mr. Sidoti – a commercial and products liability litigator and Chair of the Gibbons E-Discovery Task Force – draws on his more than 28 years of litigation experience to help his clients assess and surmount a wide range of business challenges that require savvy negotiation and, at times, aggressive litigation. Whether the issues revolve around contract disputes, financial services, restrictive covenants, corporate medical litigation, or products liability, Mr. Sidoti combines his litigation skills with a broad knowledge of e-discovery law and information governance principles to help his clients navigate the critical cost/benefit analysis involved in every litigation and to reach the most favorable resolution in the most economical way.
Mr. Sidoti is a Director in the Gibbons Products Liability and Business & Commercial Litigation Departments. His varied litigation practice focuses on business and healthcare litigation of all types. He has handled
Mr. Nagel’s experience includes first-chair trial and appellate work. He concentrates his practice on business and commercial litigation, international and domestic arbitration, compliance, internal investigations, class actions, and general counseling. Mr. Nagel advises clients in areas involving securities law and regulation, contract disputes, competition law, anti-money laundering and FCPA compliance, international arbitration, private equity and hedge fund issues, employment law, real estate disputes, and a variety of general commercial issues.
Mr. Nagel has substantial experience working with financial institutions, including banks, hedge funds, and private equity firms. He has worked with both public and private companies, many of which are international in scope. His clients include large and well-known manufacturers, publishing and media companies, real estate companies, and insurance companies. He also works with mid-sized clients, advising them on business practices, compliance issues, pre-litigation corporate structuring, employment matters, and data security and privacy issues. Mr. Nagel’s practice includes corporate advisory work, internal investigations, regulatory counseling, mediation, arbitration, and litigation in state and federal courts, including appellate work.
Mr. Nagel serves on the firm’s Professional Development Committee, as a senior member of the firm’s Electronic Discovery Task Force, and as the co-editor-in-chief of the Gibbons E-Discovery Law Alert blog.
I had no idea this was even an issue.
Excellent. Very helpful.
Enjoyed this program! Very interesting and informative topic! Both speakers were knowledgeable and gave helpful information! Excellent!
I do prefer having more than one speaker, especially on such a complicated topic. Thanks!
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