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Become Compliant & Avoid an ADA Lawsuit

ADA website compliance lawsuits are being filed in record numbers in 2019.  Find out the best way to become ADA compliant ASAP from the world’s leading expert in both legal & development.

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Lawsuit Risk

Hi, my name is Kris Rivenburgh.  I’m an attorney and website accessibility consultant.

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I wrote The ADA Book to help everyone figure out what to do about ADA website compliance.

It’s extremely important because website compliance isn’t an overnight fix but you need your website to look accessible right now!

ADA Web Compliance Info

Web Developers Not Saviors

Accessibility is not as simple as throwing WCAG 2.0 AA at a web developer and telling them to hurry up.  Retrofitting a website to be accessible is a process.

ADA vs. Accessibility

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is the legal side that requires accessibility.  Accessibility is your website’s ability to be accessed by people with disabilities.

Trying Doesn't Count

Genuinely attempting to make your website accessible is not a defense to an ADA web compliance claim.  The ADA is a strict liability law which means you have no excuses.

Can Be Sued in Any State

New York and Florida have ​had the most federal lawsuits by far but you can be sued for ADA violations in any state.  You can also be sued in state court.

Less Than 15 Employees

ADA Title III claims have no restrictions for the number of employees a business has.  ADA Title I claims are where the number of employees comes into play.

Web-Based Businesses

Not having a brick & mortar location may be a ​defense in some courts but plaintiff’s law firms will not sue you in those courts.  Web-based businesses will soon be covered too.

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Federal Lawsuits Filed

According to Seyfarth Shaw, the number of ADA Title III lawsuits filed in federal court from 2015 to 2018 has increased every year:

4,789 (2015)
6,601 (2016)
7,663 (2017)
9,936 (2018)

 

Almost all lawsuits are settled for 4 or 5-figures.  Target is the highest website accessibility settlement on record at $6,000,000.

Settling a Claim

The best course of action if you receive a demand letter or lawsuit is usually settling. If you don’t handle your settlement correctly, you’re still wide open to lawsuits by other plaintiffs.

The Best Strategy

Update your website now but focus in on the most common accessibility complaints in the order of importance.  WCAG 2.0 AA has 38 success criteria – the order is not key.

What's happening with website compliance?

Courts have ruled that websites that aren’t accessible to people with disabilities are discriminatory and are in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Unless you have specifically made your website accessible, your website is VERY likely inaccessible and in violation of the ADA.

Plaintiff’s law firms across the country have picked up on this and are filing ADA website compliance lawsuits in record numbers.

As mentioned above, the number of ADA Title III lawsuits filed in federal court from 2015 to 2018 has increased every year:

4,789 (2015)
6,601 (2016)
7,663 (2017)
9,936 (2018)

This number will far exceed 10,000 in 2019.

​Nearly all of these lawsuits end in settlements​ for 4 or 5-figures and never go to trial. Additionally, there are ​even more disputes that settle without a lawsuit officially being filed.

ADA Title III ​Lawsuits are shattering records.

Websites in all 50 United States are at risk.

​With plaintiff’s law firms ​sending out demand letters as fast as they’re physically able​ and settlements ranging from $5,000 – $50,000+ ​plus attorney’s fees, time & energy, and mandated website accessibility, it behooves your company to become accessible now.

​So how do you get started?

​Who do you hire?

​What should you have them do?

​What do you ​need them to do?

​What should they do first?

​How do you ​avoid get sued while you’re making your website accessible?

​The ADA Book​ answers all of these questions.

It’s the all-in-one kit that makes web accessibility as simple and as easy as possible.

Lower Your Risk, Save Time and Money

Written by the world’s leading expert in ADA website compliance and website accessibility, The ADA Book is a no-fluff, 70-minute read that will tell you exactly how to proceed with making your website compliant.

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Contact Kris Anytime

The best course of action if you receive a demand letter or lawsuit is usually settling. If you don’t handle your settlement correctly, you’re still wide open to lawsuits by other plaintiffs.

The Best Strategy

Update your website now but focus in on the most common accessibility complaints in the order of importance.  WCAG 2.0 AA has 38 success criteria – the order is not key.

Who wrote The ADA Book?

Kris Rivenburgh ​wrote The ADA Book.

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Kris is an attorney and ADA website compliance and accessibility consultant.

Kris has thoroughly researched both the legal (Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act) and the technical (WCAG 2.0 AA) side of compliance/accessibility.

​Kris provides all support for The ADA Book personally.

​If you have a question, you can email Kris directly at kris@adabook.com

​Visit Kris’s LinkedIn page to connect and find out more.

​Kris ​will be releasing “ADA for Developers” in May. This is a guide you can hand over to your developer so they can understand what needs to be done.