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The ADA and Website Accessibility Post-Domino’s: Detangling Employers’ and Business Owners’ Web and Mobile Accessibility Obligations


Level: Advanced
Runtime: 93 minutes
Recorded Date: May 18, 2020
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Agenda

  • Understand how and why the ADA applies to websites
  • Understand the current landscape of ADA website accessibility litigation
  • Understand industry best practices to minimize risk of suit
Runtime: 1 hour, 32 minutes
Recorded: May 18, 2020

Description

The ADA imposes obligations on places of public accommodation to be physically accessible to patrons with disabilities. More recently courts have been debating whether such entities also must make their websites accessible to internet users with various disabilities, such as visual and hearing impairments. In late 2019, the Supreme Court declined to review a Ninth Circuit decision requiring that the Domino's website be made more accessible to the disabled. This webinar will address the circuit split and uncertainty of business' ADA website accessibility obligations.

Join our expert panelists as they discuss The ADA website accessibility legal framework. Overview of the circuit split re. ADA website accessibility caselaw, and issues in ADA website accessibility.

This program was recorded on May 18th, 2020.

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American Bar Association

Panelists

Laura Marie Lawless

Partner
Squire Patton Boggs

Laura Lawless is a trial lawyer who represents employers before federal and state courts and administrative agencies, as well as in arbitration and mediation proceedings, defending employers in matters arising under federal and state employment laws, including claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower retaliation, wrongful termination, wage and hour violations, and breach of contract, as well as in in noncompetition, nonsolicitation, nondisclosure, trade secret and unfair competition cases.

Laura also counsels and collaborates with human resources professionals, including assisting in workplace investigations, auditing wage and hour practices under the Fair Labor Standards Act and analogous state laws, reviewing and advising on leaves of absence, preparing executive employment agreements and separation agreements, drafting employment policies and handbooks, advising on drug and alcohol testing and workplace violence prevention, delivering interactive management and executive training, and advising on reduction-in-force planning and implementation. She is also a frequent contributor and speaker on employment and labor law topics, including at state and local affiliates of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).

In addition to her labor and employment practice, Laura assists private business owners in complying with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and analogous state laws, requiring disability accessibility in places of public accommodation.

Ahmed J. Kassim

Counsel
Porzio Bromberg & Newman, P.C.

Ahmed – a commercial and products liability litigator – is typically called upon to litigate challenging cases in difficult venues with significant amounts in controversy. He listens to his clients to create practical litigation strategies designed to get them where they want to be as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. While Ahmed helps his clients avoid litigation by mitigating their risks and seeking early conflict resolution, he does not flinch at aggressively litigating cases when necessary. His dedication to his work and his ability to effectively build client relationships has resulted in clients specifically selecting Ahmed to work on their matters.

A former chemical engineer, Ahmed leverages his background to achieve favorable results by working with his multinational clients to navigate complex scientific and medical issues related to product liability matters, which typically involve chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and asbestos. A skilled litigator, adept at crafting streamlined discovery plans and trial preparation, clients have entrusted him with all aspects of their cases from lead counsel on individual matters to mass tort team member responsible for depositions, motion practice, and settlement negotiations. Ahmed currently serves as regional counsel for two global telecommunications companies, working closely with the clients and national counsel on defense strategy and early resolution of asbestos exposure claims.

Over the years, Ahmed’s practice has evolved from being focused solely on products liability matters to a broad-based, comprehensive litigation practice. Ahmed has experience in complex commercial litigation, having represented clients in a variety of breach of contract actions and other business disputes. Ahmed increasingly counsels public accommodation clients regarding website accessibility litigation under Title III of the American with Disabilities Act. Whether the issues revolve around products liability, commercial disputes, or violations of the ADA, Ahmed understands the stakes and helps his clients reach the most favorable resolution in the most economical way. Ahmed enjoys the narrative, investigative, and creative aspects of the practice of law.

Ahmed maintains an active pro bono practice that has included representing: a Chinese family in successfully obtaining asylum for their pro-democracy views; petitioners in post-conviction proceedings seeking expungement of their criminal records; plaintiffs alleging that their constitutional rights were violated during an arrest; and, most recently, New Jersey Office of Public Defender clients as appellate counsel.

In addition to his clients, Ahmed is respected among his peers. He currently serves on the Federal Bar Council’s First Decade Committee. Additionally, he is a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Commercial and Federal Litigation and Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Law Sections. He has spoken on litigation-related topics at legal conferences and law schools. He is listed as a Super Lawyers New York Rising Star in the area of class action/mass torts (2018-2019).


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