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ADA Website Accessibility Litigation Presents High Risk to Retailers

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Adam Michaels | amichaels@hballp.com

Summary

The number of US lawsuits filed by visually impaired and other disabled people targeting business websites for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has reached fever pitch. Recent court rulings have emboldened plaintiffs’ attorneys and a significant uptick in litigation is expected in 2018. New York has proven particularly welcoming to these cases, with nearly 300 ADA website lawsuits targeting retail, fashion, and financial institutions filed in New York’s federal courts in the first quarter of 2018.

Despite this explosion of activity, many businesses are still unaware of the legal risk and continue to operate websites that fall short of accepted accessibility standards, courting ADA claims. Although monetary damages are unavailable under the ADA, these cases are not easily dismissed and the defense costs can be significant. To help minimize the lawsuit risk, businesses should consider proactive measures to ensure their websites meet the current accessibility standard.

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HBA Welcomes Litigation Partner Adam Michaels

HBA Welcomes Litigation Partner Adam Michaels

NEW YORKMarch 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Joining HBA as head of the firm’s litigation practice, Adam Michaels brings nearly twenty years of sophisticated litigation experience representing companies and individuals in matters related to consumer products, financial services, food and beverage, fashion and lifestyle, healthcare, and technology.  Adam’s practice covers the full range of commercial litigation, with particular focus on representing business clients in complex contract disputes.  Adam regularly counsels on litigation avoidance, risk management, marketing strategy, and regulatory compliance.  He joins HBA from the New York office of Pepper Hamilton, where he was Of Counsel.  Prior to that, Adam practiced at Goodwin Procter.  Adam earned his J.D. from Georgetown University and his A.B. from Columbia University.

“We are excited to welcome Adam to our firm,” Managing Partner Alan Baldachin said.  Founding Partner Douglas Hand added, “Adam is tenacious litigator with a practical and efficient approach to resolving business disputes.  Adam’s experience and talent will complement our other practice areas and will be a great asset for our clients.”

HBA is a corporate and commercial law firm in New York, NY focused on media, technology and fashion & lifestyle, with expertise in venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, real estate and intellectual property.

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