WRITE ON: Wineries face ADA website woes
Spring in the Finger Lakes usually prompts lengthy conversations among winery owners about weather, prospects for the growing season and when tourists will start packing tasting rooms.
But this spring many of those same owners added a potentially costly and worrisome coffee-klatch topic: A blizzard of nuisance lawsuits filed because their winery websites are allegedly not compliant with the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.
A few of the wineries have reportedly settled the cases for sums of between $10,000 to $15,000 to avoid the costs of lengthy litigation.
On the advice of legal counsel, most of the targeted winery owners are declining to say much publicly.
But examination of the lawyers’ tactics filing these ADA-related lawsuits makes it seem more like ambulance chasing than an attempt to fight for justice for the disabled.