Over the last several years thousands of lawsuits have been filed in federal courts across the country alleging that lack of website accessibility violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). With over one billion active websites in existence and more businesses conducting their business online this has become a fertile ground for plaintiffs’ attorneys.
With lawsuits flooding the courts alleging that websites are inaccessible to the visually impaired it begs the question: What is the legal standard for an accessible website?
In this webinar, Lewis Wiener, Partner at Eversheds Sutherland, discusses the current state of the law regarding online accessibility.
Lewis Wiener, an experienced trial and appellate attorney with more than three decades of trial and counseling experience, represents a broad array of clients in state, federal and appellate court litigation throughout the United States. Lew co-chairs the firm’s global Financial Services Disputes and Investigations (FSDI) Practice Group, heads the domestic (US) Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) counseling and defense group and recently concluded a four-year term as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Recently, Lew has defended and counseled businesses in the area of web accessibility and ADA compliance in response to the wave of class action lawsuits that began in 2016. His extensive litigation and trial experience as a former prosecutor and senior trial attorney with the United States Department of Justice includes serving as class action defense counsel, conducting large internal investigations, handling complex litigation matters, and representing entities in litigation brought by and against the federal government. Lew also represents clients in eminent domain/inverse condemnation, environmental and land-use litigation before state and federal trial and appellate courts.
Jason C. Taylor is the Chief Innovation Strategist and Advisor to the UsableNet CEO with nearly 20 years of experience in usability and accessibility. He is a global technology thought leader for multichannel customer engagement, actively advising leading companies on how to extend their brands across multiple channels for all users. He has been an active member of the accessibility and usability communities since 2001 which started with leading partnerships between UsableNet, Macromedia (now Adobe) and The Nielsen Norman Group.