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Webinar: ADA Website Compliance Class Action Lawsuit Affects New York Wineries

Valerie Ross

Category: Industry

As you may have heard, or read in our October 13 Grapevine, New York state wineries are the latest target of lawsuits alleging businesses websites are not accessible to blind individuals, in violation of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. We understand it’s not much solace to know that wineries are just the latest in a very long list of businesses facing lawsuits for exactly the same thing. Don’t panic - lots of other businesses have navigated the murky legal and new technological issues website accessibility presents, and you can too.

On November 8th, members of Seyfarth Shaw’s Disability Access Defense Team, who have helped businesses with hundreds of website accessibility matters, will present a webinar that will help you understand: 

• What it means for a website to be accessible, 
• The legal bases and theories driving these lawsuits, 
• The current litigation and regulatory landscape, 
• Strategies for responding to a website accessibility lawsuit, and 
• What businesses should be doing now about their websites to mitigate risk.

If you have any questions before then, don’t hesitate to reach out.

If you receive a lawsuit that names your winery as a defendant from your registered agent for service, note the date of service and your response date, and contact an attorney for assistance in responding within court deadlines. There could be advantages to entering into a joint defense with other wineries under representation of the same counsel experienced in handling website accessibility cases. If you have not been sued, you’ll still want to tune in to learn what this all means and proactive measures you can take to mitigate the risk of a lawsuit.