Delays in the issuance of U.S. Department of Justice regulations outlining “what makes a website compliant with the American Disabilities Act (ADA)” are allowing companies to be hit by an increasing number of lawsuits.
Robert Rooney, a partner in the Kansas City, Mo., office of Lathrop & Gage LLP, told Legal Newsline that the Justice Department first began planning regulations on Title III web accessibility in 2010, but now plans to wait until 2018 to publish the regulations. That delay is leading to a rise in lawsuits, especially in California, New York and Pittsburgh.
Dan Goldstein, a partner at Brown Goldstein Levy LLP who serves as counsel for the National Federal of the Blind, agrees that “businesses would’ve really appreciated some guidance.”
But, Goldstein says, “It’s not going to stop me from filing and winning suits, because there are no regulations.”
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