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February 09, 2017

More states facing a rise in Disability Access lawsuits.

Already in 2017, a New Mexico attorney has filed 60 lawsuits against national and local businesses. 

February 06, 2017

Title III Lawsuits

We normally discuss Title III construction related lawsuits on this blog, but with last year's rise dramatic increase in website lawsuits, there is interesting cross-over. Our clients can heed the advice of the defense attorneys at Hunt Huey PLLC and their blog on Accessibility Litigation Trends. The recommendation for website lawsuits hold true for those with brick and mortar sites as well. It is a common misunderstanding that settling a case with one plaintiff will protect a client from all future lawsuits. Read their blog here: 

January 10, 2017

Access - 2017 Valuation Threshold Updated

In accordance with the 2016 California Building Code Chapter 2 definition of Valuation Threshold, the 2017 valuation threshold has increased to $156,162. The amount will be updated again in January 2018. 
 
The Valuation Threshold is an annually adjusted figure used in determining the extent of required path of travel upgrades. Additional information on the valuation threshold for alterations, structural repairs or additions to existing buildings is available on DSA's Valuation Threshold webpage.
 
Please contact your DSA Regional Office with any questions.

January 23, 2017

ADA Title III Lawsuits Increase by 37% in 2016.

By Minh Vu, Kristina M. Launey and Susan Ryan on Jan 23, 2017 07:35 pm

 

The numbers do not lie, more and more businesses are being sued for construction-related ADA violations every year. However, there is still a way to protect your business from these lawsuits. Schedule your CASp inspection with LRS...Architecture today. Email us at erika@lrsarchitecture.com to get a free quote. 
 

Seyfarth Synopsis:  The number of federal ADA Title III lawsuits continue to surge, fueled by new plaintiffs, new plaintiffs’ lawyers, and website accessibility claims.

Our 2016 lawsuit count is complete, and the results no less remarkable than prior years.  In 2016, 6,601 ADA Title III lawsuits were filed in federal court — 1,812 more than in 2015. This 37 percent...

January 31, 2017

Identification of Single-User Toilet Facilities as All-Gender

Recent legislation (Chapter 818, Statutes of 2016 [AB 1732]) requires that single occupancy (single-user) toilet facilities be identified for use by any gender, as opposed to being gender specific. This requirement applies to new facilities and existing facilities, effective March 1, 2017. The Division of the State Architect (DSA) announces the issuance of BU-17-01: Identification of Single-User Toilet Facilities as All-Gender to provide guidance for identifying single-user toilet facilities as all-gender toilet facilities in accordance with the accessibility provisions of the California Building Code.

January 17, 2017

Google Maps App Now Tells Users If Locations Are Accessible, But Is It Accurate and Reliable?

By Kevin Fritz on Jan 17, 2017 04:25 pm
 

Seyfarth Synopsis: Google Maps now provides information on accessibility, but the information may not be particularly reliable or useful to gauge accessibility.

The Google Maps app now indicates if a location is “accessible” to wheelchair users.  Here’s how it works: users can now click on various storefronts and other public places within the mobile app, and it will say whether …

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