Over the last several years, public accommodation lawsuits brought under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related state and local laws have increased dramatically. They allege that an organization’s website is not accessible in violation of these laws.
Spurred by the availability of attorneys’ fees under the ADA, plaintiffs’ firms throughout the country are aggressively pursuing such lawsuits. More than 11,000 Title III lawsuits are expected to be filed this year alone. The industries most targeted by plaintiffs’ attorneys are retail, food service, travel/hospitality, banking/financial, entertainment and leisure, and self-service.
Companies should consult with counsel for assistance identifying Title III preventive measures and staying on top of legislative and case law developments affecting this area. Please reach out to Joe Lynett, who has handled hundreds of Title III litigation on behalf of clients nationwide, if you have any questions or want to discuss Title III in more detail. He leads Jackson Lewis’ Disability Access Litigation and Compliance (DALC) group, which consists of more than 20 attorneys across the U.S. who have significant experience in defending the growing number of public accommodation lawsuits.