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Web accessibility lawsuits over time

Updated: Sep 29, 2020

Accessibility is the concept of whether your website or product is usable by everyone with any level of ability as well as benefiting other groups of users such as young users, elderly people or small device users.

Since 2016 there has been significant number of website accessibility lawsuits filed in federal and states courts. Based on a report from UsableNet, in 2016 there was 262 website accessibility lawsuit cases, in 2017 814 cases and then there was a dramatic increase in 2018 by about 2314 cases. However, the number of website accessibility lawsuits had a slight decrease in number by about 2235 cases.

website accessibility lawsuits

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The targeted type of industries was about the same in 2018 and 2019. Based on the report, 66% of top retailers such as Target, and 60% of top restaurants received website lawsuits. For example, Target case settled for $6 million dollar.

most targeted industries for website accessibility lawsuits

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Some of the web accessibility lawsuits:

· Netflix: National Association for the Deaf v. Netflix, 2012.

· Winn-Dixie: Gil v. Winn-Dixie, 2017.

· Five Guys: Markett v. Five Guys Enterprises, 2017

· Nike: Mendizabal v. Nike, 2017.

· Domino’s Pizza: Robles v Domino's Pizza, ongoing

· Target: National Federation of the Blind v. Target Corporation, 2006.

· FedEx: National Association of the Deaf v. FedEx, 2014

· Beyonce: Conner v. Parkwood Entertainment, 2019

· Blick Art: Andrews v. Blick Art Materials, LLC, 2017

(Resource: Cluse)

Since in 2020 there has been a dramatic increase in number of digital platform users due to Corona virus pandemic, some predict that in 2020 ADA Web Accessibility lawsuits will once again reach over 2,000 lawsuits and 2020 likely to outpace the rate of 2019.

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- UsableNet

- Cluse

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