August 13, 2019
Authored by: Bryan Cave, Heather Goldman, Merrit Jones, Steven Stimell, Rodney Page and Daniel Rockey
Members of Congress are once again asking the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) to take action addressing website accessibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) in light of the increasing number of lawsuits and claim letters asserting violation of the ADA.
Based on the first six months, 2019 is likely to exceed the records set in 2018 for the number of website accessibility cases filed, according to website accessibility consultant AudioEye, which tracks such case filings. More than half of the cases filed, or 55 percent, were against retailers, followed by complaints against defendants in the hotel, restaurant, banking, and real estate industries. Many of those defendants have been hit with more than one lawsuit.
Despite the increasing number of lawsuits and claim letters, the DOJ has not issued regulations concerning website accessibility under the ADA. As we previously reported, the DOJ issued an Advanced Notice