LRANY executive director Tom Stebbins was quoted in a New York Daily News story on Sunday about a Brooklyn-based law firm that has filed hundred of lawsuits against companies for websites that the suits allege are not accessible for the blind:
A Brooklyn lawyer has filed hundreds of lawsuits this year over websites that fail to accommodate the blind – a practice that critics say is all about making a quick buck.
Attorney Joseph Mizrahi has filed an astonishing 411 suits in Manhattan Federal Court on behalf of 13 visually impaired people. The paperwork charges a wide array of businesses violated the Americans With Disabilities Act through sites that are incompatible with screen-reading programs. The suits seek to force each company to overhaul its site and make it accessible.
The businesses Mizrahi sued run the gamut – from casinos to retirement homes, racetracks to breweries. Steinway Pianos, the Dish Network, Apple and Caribbean Cruises all have landed in Mizrahi’s crosshairs in the past nine months.
“This is unquestionably being abused. The goal of these cases is just to get legal fees,” said Tom Stebbins, executive director of the Albany-based Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York.
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