ADA Website Compliance Lawsuits
The OBL has scheduled a webinar, free to members, covering recent demand letters threatening lawsuits against banks due to alleged non-compliance with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG - 2). The webinar is scheduled for Jan. 20 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
"Plaintiff’s lawyers have found a new way to extract money from Ohio banks using website accessibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act as the basis for a claim," reported presenter Susan Zaunbrecher, a partner at OBL affiliate member Dinsmore & Shohl. "Though the final rules on website accessibility are not due to be published until 2018, there are current rules and standards that plaintiffs’ lawyers are pointing to in order to muddy the waters and make demands." "It is important that banks treat these threats seriously, and respond appropriately," emphasized co-presenter Jeff Smith, a partner at OBL Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease, LLP. "How an OBL member responds to these letters and how it positions itself going forward is critical to the viability of the claim and its impact on the bank." Technology consultant Paul Elder of Community Bank Consulting will also be on hand to describe testing methods, compliance checking and other web design issues. Smith and Zaunbrecher will cover legal aspects and what banks should do to protect themselves from claims and possible lawsuits.
Webinar will be RECORDED
Non-members can participate – Fee - $179.00
Webinar panel includes:
Jeff Smith – Partner, Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease, LLP
Susan Zaunbrecher – Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl
Paul Elder - EVP of Compliance, Community Banc Consulting of Ohio Inc.
Jeff Quayle – Senior Vice President & General Counsel, serving as Moderator, Ohio Bankers League