Iowa Senators urge DOJ to clarify jurisdiction of ADA in regards to website accessibility

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Concerned with the rapidly increasing number of accessibility lawsuits filed in the US, two Iowa senators, Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, have asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate how exactly the ADA applies to web accessibility. In a letter co-authored by contemporaries in four other states, they wrote “At this time, the lack of regulatory clarity benefits only the plaintiffs’ lawyers...Clarity in the law will encourage private investment in technology and other measures that will improve conditions for the disabled.” While it is widely accepted (and repeatedly upheld by the DOJ) that website accessibility falls under Title II and III of the ADA, the lack of specific language regarding digital accessibility has promulgated a gray area that leads to frustration for both defendants and plaintiffs. 

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