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Wiley Rein LLP | USA | 18 Feb 2011

Ninth Circuit issues sweeping new ruling expanding the scope of disabled individuals' standing to challenge the architectural barriers of a public accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act

Ringing in the new year with a major decision interpreting the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), an en banc panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Chapman v. Pier 1 Imps.(U.S.), Inc., 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 453 (9th Cir. Jan. 7, 2011) has held that a disabled plaintiff encountering a single discriminatory barrier to access at a place of public accommodation may file a lawsuit seeking removal of all discriminatory barriers that "relate" to his disability-even those he did not personally encounter.

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Wiley Rein LLP | USA | 18 Feb 2011

Ninth Circuit issues ruling examining whether a restaurant's "experience" is accessible to disabled customers

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently issued a decision in Antoninetti v. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., applying the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to claimed violations at a fast food Mexican restaurant.

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Wiley Rein LLP | USA | 29 Jul 2010

DOJ issues advance notice of proposed rulemaking applying the Americans with Disabilities Act to websites operated by public accommodations, including those with a web-only presence

Twenty years to the day since President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law, the Department of Justice (DOJ) released an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) announcing that it was considering issuing regulations extending the ADA to the web sites of public accommodations and listing nineteen questions for public comment to assist in gathering information on possible web accessibility standards.

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Wiley Rein LLP | USA | 15 Jul 2010

Federal lawmakers likely to create additional closed captioning and video description obligations

Broadcasters, video programmers, video distributors, communications service providers, and communications equipment manufacturers should be aware that, before the August recess, federal lawmakers are expected to pass a measure that would revise and expand what must be done to make content or equipment accessible for persons with disabilities, including obligations concerning the provision of closed captioning and video description.

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Wiley Rein LLP | USA | 23 Dec 2009

EEOC issues proposed revisions to Americans with Disabilities Act regulations

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a NPRM proposing revisions to the existing Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations and interpretive guidance.

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Wiley Rein LLP | USA | 30 May 2008

Recent decisions highlight additional ADA Title III risks faced by franchisors and franchisees

In the November 2007 issue of Franchise Alert, we reported on the increase in architectural barrier claims under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), especially against franchisors and franchisees that operate restaurants, hotels and stores.

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Wiley Rein LLP | USA | 16 Nov 2007

Franchisor liability under the Americans with Disabilities Act

Architectural barrier cases under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are on the rise.

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