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Numerous Colorado companies sued by New Jersey firm over alleged ADA violations

Posted at 6:06 PM, Oct 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-02 21:30:06-04

DENVER -- Dozens of business owners in Colorado are being sued by a Douglas County man for alleged violations of ADA website codes.

Our news partners at The Denver Post report 52 companies have received a summons in the past year.

The companies have allegedly violated ADA code when it comes to accessibility of their websites, specifically for visually impaired visitors.

The plaintiff, David Katt, is blind and claims in one lawsuit that the company "deprives blind and visually-impaired individuals the benefits of its online goods, content, and services—all benefits it affords nondisabled individuals."

Kevin Williams, a civil rights attorney with the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, says it is the responsibility of each business owner to follow the law.

"It is 30 years old. It is not like this just happened yesterday," said Williams. "Ignorance is no excuse. You are a business owner and you need to find out all the details."

However, when it comes to frivolous lawsuits, he says there are better ways to bring about change and enforcement of the rules.

"If you see a bunch of complaints that look exactly the same and you see a bunch of settlements that are all confidential and they all happen in a quick hurry, my antenna goes up," said Maxwell. "There are definitely degrees to consider in all of this."