May 4, 2015

1. Keep Your Options — And Doors — Open: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is designed to prohibit discrimination and ensure equal opportunity for people with disabilities. In effect since 1991, it has undergone updates, affecting most commercial real estate in some fashion. In fact, all commercial spaces used by the public – as well as many employee-use areas – are required by law to comply with ADA regulations.

March 27, 2015

We are or should be familiar with the Americans with Disabilities Act’s (“ADA”) requirements for accommodating the physically disabled. Wheelchair ramps, handicap stalls, handicap parking, lifts, and other items designed to assist the physically disabled are commonplace. However, the ADA is much broader than this, and the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the courts are focusing on making the internet more accessible for the visually impaired.

September 21, 2012

Seasonal, temporary and pop-up retailers have an added challenge this year. As of March, any retail space constructed or altered must meet the Department of Justice’s latest ADA requirements and the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design. 

That applies to all new retail construction and any alterations to retail spaces; and if an existing facility is used, then retailers must conduct “readily achievable barrier removal.”

July 26, 2012

A federal lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. was filed on Wednesday by disability rights advocates claiming that payment machines are inaccessible to California customers in wheelchairs and on scooters.

June 6, 2012

Law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP has launched a blog about the Americans With Disabilities Act.

April 17, 2012

The recent updates to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design were detailed at the SPECS session, “The ADA: 20 Years +1.” The session, part of the Tenant Improvement Construction/Remodeling workshop track, also gave a brief overview of the law and its enforcement.

According to the speaker, more than 200 private ADA lawsuits are filed in U.S. Federal Courts across the United States each month. The suits are filed mainly by disability organizations, disability rights advocates and law firms.

November 29, 2011

By Julie S. Lucht, Perkins Coie LLP

September 20, 2011

Retail ATM owner Cardtronics said Tuesday that it has forged an ATM managed services agreement with Lakewood, Colo.-based FirstBank, covering the segment of its ATM network located in King Soopers grocery stores.

February 11, 2011

The Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights will allow a civil rights complaint over an online job application used by CVS Caremark Corp. to go forward, saying there is probable cause to believe the pharmacy chain violated state anti-discrimination laws, the Associated Press said.

January 12, 2011

A federal appellate court in California has dismissed a lawsuit filed against Pier I by a disabled patron who claims he was unable to navigate the company’s store in Vacaville, Calif., because of architectural features that inhibited his movement, according to Dallas Business Journal.

July 13, 2010

The National Retail Federation is cautioning federal officials that a proposal to make it easier...

June 30, 2008

Since the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) went into effect in 1990,...

April 30, 2008

The Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) will require retailers to rethink existing...

April 16, 2008

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will pay $300,000 to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of a...

January 13, 2008

Washington, D.C. The Supreme Court announced its decision on Monday to dismiss a case brought...

December 6, 2007

Washington, D.C. An Arkansas woman who claims Wal-Mart Stores Inc. discriminated against her after she...

November 30, 2007

In February 2006, then 24-year-old Bruce Sexton filed a lawsuit against Target Corp. saying he...

August 30, 2007

It’s been 17 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law....

January 31, 2007

Although it’s been the law of the land for more than 10 years, the Americans...