TD Ameritrade Inc. and a blind customer who claimed she could not access key pages of the broker-dealer’s website in an alleged violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act have reached an agreement in principle to settle her discrimination lawsuit. The discount brokerage firm will “ensure that all feasible components of its website are rendered accessible [...]
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Target has settled a class action lawsuit with the National Federation of the Blind over accessibility complaints with Target.com. Despite the law being unclear as to whether the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to websites, the company will pay a substantial fee and update its web site to make it accessible to the blind. In [...]
I’m going to start this post in a way that most of you may find surprising. I want to thank Kylie Jenner. You see, for over a year now I have been telling clients, other lawyers, and family members (who politely nod because they still don’t quite understand what I do for a living) that companies [...]
Accessibility for all — Why removing barriers from web interaction should be a part of your organization’s business model
Healthcare providers can face legal ramifications if their websites fail to consider the needs of those with disabilities, but the reasons for developing an accessible website go far beyond adhering to government regulations and represent the rare opportunity for businesses to align moral obligations with their financial bottom line. During a June 26 webinar hosted by Becker's Hospital Review and [...]
Most people running their own small businesses know the importance of having an online presence with a website and high-quality content. However, many small-business people aren’t aware of regulations imposed by the government that, if violated, could mean catastrophe for a small business. One such set of rules, which you may already be required to follow [...]
The National Federation of the Blind sued Epic Systems Corp. over its electronic health record software, alleging that blind hospital employees can't use the program. The complaint in federal court in Massachusetts last week alleges a part-time hospital dispatcher at Boston-based Brigham and Women Hospital couldn't perform his job duties after the provider went live on [...]
TAMPA (WLFA) - The disabled plaintiffs call themselves activists working to improve society for the disabled, one lawsuit at a time. Critics call it "legal extortion," now targeting small business owners who feel they are "sitting ducks" for ADA lawsuits regarding their websites that are not accessible to some with disabilities. Last year, there were 2,285 ADA website [...]
(Newswire.net -- February 6, 2019) Chicago, IL -- If you’re work for a large company, chances are you’ve already heard of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). You probably understand several parts of it very well, such as how to protect yourself against lawsuits by making physical establishments accessible to everyone with a disability. When it comes [...]
Over the past several years, health care entities have increasingly become the target of private and government plaintiffs complaining of disability discrimination. A crescendo of litigation has engulfed the health care industry—and most notably of late, “drive-by” litigation attacking the perceived failure of health care entity facilities and websites to accommodate the needs of persons with [...]
This month we look at a case involving a HIPAA privacy violation. This case is particularly important (and unusual) because it illustrates two points: 1) a person can get jail time for a HIPAA violation (even a misdemeanor violation), and 2) ignorance of the law does not protect you. Dr. H was in his mid-40’s when [...]