NASHVILLE, TENN.—Womble Bond Dickinson attorney Jamie Dean led a panel discussion on “Website Accessibility 101: What Is It, Why Does It Matter, And How Can I Avoid Getting Sued Over It?” at the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Law Conference.
“Website accessibility” is one of the hottest national trends in litigation and compliance. Retailers, financial institutions and insurance companies have all been swept up by the growing wave of demand letters and lawsuits alleging their websites are not accessible to people with disabilities. Yet, understanding what “website accessibility” means, let alone whether a business’s site is “accessible,” can be difficult both legally and technically. Add to that a lack of clear accessibility regulations or case law and the challenge of responding to a website accessibility suit or trying to proactively avoid one can seem daunting. Dean’s presentation demystified the meaning of “website accessibility,” explained the legal and non-legal standards that apply, discussed several recent Court decisions and provided practical guidance for responding to website accessibility suits or avoiding them altogether.
Joining Dean in the panel discussion were Jay Hervey, General Counsel, Vice President & Secretary of Bassett Furniture Industries; and Lisa Detig, Associate General Counsel of Petco Holdings, Inc. Womble Bond Dickinson attorney Jack Hicks provided introductory remarks, and the firm served as a sponsor of the panel discussion. Approximately 60 people attended the panel discussion.
The 2019 RILA Law Conference took place Oct. 18-19 in Nashville.
Jamie Dean has successfully tried cases to juries in state and federal courts in North Carolina and Virginia. He has argued before the Court of Appeals of North Carolina and United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He has prevailed on and against numerous dispositive motions. In addition, he has helped clients navigate the settlement of dozens of cases.