March 18, 2019 Feature

Websites May Be Places of Public Accommodation Subject to the ADA

Eleventh Circuit decision highlights trend toward requiring online accessibility

By Anthony R. McClure

As businesses move from brick-and-mortar establishments to the Internet, so too do the lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Circuit courts are divided on whether websites are places of public accommodation under the ADA

Circuit courts are divided on whether websites are places of public accommodation under the ADA

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit is the latest of several federal appellate courts to consider whether websites are places of public accommodation subject to ADA requirements, and if so, under what circumstances. Its decision in Haynes v. Dunkin’ Donuts LLC, et al.  highlights this trending issue. 

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