Rep. Ted Budd Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Stop Frivolous Lawsuits
Washington, February 18, 2021
Washington, D.C. -- Today Reps. Ted Budd (R-NC), Richard Hudson (R-NC), and Lou Correa (D-CA) introduced the Online Accessibility Act. The bill provides guidance to help businesses make their websites compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which would increase website accessibility for the disabled and reduce the amount of predatory lawsuits filed against businesses every day.
Rep. Budd said in a statement:
“Every year, thousands of website accessibility lawsuits are filed by plaintiffs alleging that certain websites were not ADA compliant. Our bill solves that problem by providing guidance to businesses on how to bring their websites into compliance. If our bill is passed, job-creators will be able to avoid costly lawsuits and be given a roadmap for how to help their disabled customers access online content.”
Rep. Hudson said:
“I’m proud to sponsor this bipartisan legislation that will improve web access for individuals with disabilities, as well as support small businesses. Especially as many small businesses struggle to stay afloat during the current pandemic, we must curtail frivolous and abusive litigation while continuing to push for web accessibility for everyone.”
Rep. Correa said:
“Last Congress, Ted Budd and I introduced the Online Accessibility Act to help small businesses and better serve disabled individuals. Today, we are reintroducing our legislation to ensure small businesses know how to serve the disabled. When it comes to website compliance, regulations aren’t clearly defined. This bill ensures that small businesses know what they need to do to serve all customers and be ADA compliant. It’s a simple, bipartisan, and common-sense solution that will put this problem behind us.”
In the interest of providing greater legal certainty, the bill would make it clear that the ADA does apply to consumer facing websites and mobile applications but also would require rulemaking providing clear guidance on how private entities are to comply with the ADA that are equivalent to what already applies to federal agencies.
In addition, potential litigants must participate in a dispute resolution process before enforcement or legal action can be undertaken.