Playing Offense on Website Accessibility
Sports Litigation Alert
December 11, 2015

Partner Gonzalo Mon and associate Crystal Skelton co-authored the Sports Litigation Alert article “Playing Offense on Website Accessibility.” The National Basketball Association was recently hit with a proposed class action alleging that the league’s website violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) because it is not accessible to the blind. This follows closely after a lawsuit filed against Reebok, similarly arguing that the sporting goods company’s site contains access barriers. Gonzalo and Crystal note that, although these types of cases have been on the rise in recent years, they still come as a surprise to people who are used to thinking of the ADA only in terms of things like wheel chair ramps and handicapped parking spaces. The article provides background on the ADA and how some companies deny that their sites are places of public accommodation subject to the act. Gonzalo and Crystal also offer some possible website modifications as well as risks and tips for companies.