Skip to content Skip to navigation

Polley Blog

PA Ranked High In 2016 Disabilities Act Lawsuits

PA Ranked High In 2016 Disabilities Act LawsuitsPennsylvania ranked among the top 10 states in the nation during 2016 as a location for plaintiffs to file lawsuits alleging Title III violations – those dealing with a perceived lack of access to public accommodations and commercial facilities – of the Americans With Disabilities Act, attorneys and a librarian at the legal firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP wrote Monday (Jan. 23, 2017).

Seyfarth partners Minh N. Vu and Kristina M. Launey, and librarian Susan Ryan, reported more than 6,600 ADA Title III lawsuits were filed in federal courts during the year just ended, a 37-percent increase over 2015. They cited two reasons:

  • “Newcomers filing (the most common) physical accessibility lawsuits,” and
  • “A recent proliferation of plaintiffs and attorneys filing website accessibility lawsuits.” Generally, they claim websites and/or mobile apps are inaccessible to those with certain disabilities.

California tops the list with the number of Title II suits, 2,468, filed last year. Pennsylvania ranked eighth at 102 lawsuits. And, they authors add ominously, “the Title III trend shows no signs of cooling down in 2017.”

Photo by svklimkin via MorgueFile

Recent Articles

Polley Courses: ‘Legal Issues & Changes 2016’

A new, dual threat and opportunity faces real estate licensees as social media continues to grow in popularity.

Read More

Polley Courses: ‘Ethics, Your Promise Of Professionalism; and What Lurks Beneath’

Ethics, Your Promise Of Professionalism This continuing education course addresses the specifics of the National Association of REALTORS┬« Code of Ethics and ethical practices and decision making for real estate professionals. Additionally, this course may potentially be approvable for REALTORS┬« who wish to fulfill biennial Code of Ethics requirement from the National Association of REALTORS. […]

Read More

Polley Courses: ‘Mortgage Fraud, Consumer Protection and Reverse Mortgages’

Mortgage Fraud, Consumer Protection and Reverse Mortgages This course starts by taking a close look at mortgage fraud in real estate transactions, including the history of mortgage fraud and its impact on consumers. It examines participants in fraud cases, as well as the role of agencies in monitoring fraud. Then it identifies various types of […]

Read More

Polley Courses: ‘Stucco Homes; and Understanding Septic Systems’

Everything You Need To Know About Selling Stucco Homes Homes that were built after the 1980s have experienced an increase in leaking stucco systems that can cause deterioration of the building envelope, resulting in a potential reduction in property value and increased health risks from possible organic growth inside the home. Understanding why this happened; […]

Read More

Polley Courses: ‘What Lurks Beneath; and Standard Forms Update’

What Lurks Beneath focuses on the new TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure. Starndard Forms Update is about what you may be missing in your forms cabinet.

Read More

Polley Courses: ‘Standard Agreement of Sales Forms’

Learn more about Polley Associates’ Pennsylvania continuing education course, “Standard Agreement of Sales Forms.”

Read More

Polley Courses: ‘Short Sales and Forms Update’

Learn more about Polley Associates’ Pennsylvania continuing education course, “Short Sales and Forms Update.”

Read More

Polley Courses: ‘Short Sales And Foreclosure Resources’

Learn more about Polley Associates’ Pennsylvania continuing education course, “Short Sales And Foreclosure Resources.”

Read More

Polley Courses: ‘Residential Module’

Learn more about Polley Associates’ Pennsylvania continuing education course, “Required: Residential Module.”

Read More