The New Scam is Here: Suing You for Accessibility Issues

Ryuzaki

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Just as soon as the old scam of suing everyone for using your image died off (or at least scaring them into sending you money), there's a new game in town.

Apparently web stores that have X number of employees and sell over X amount of revenue a year can be sued for not being perfectly accessible to blind internet users. I think the numbers are 15 employees and $25,000 revenue, but don't quote me on it.

Accessibility is things like title tags on images and links, title tags on form elements for screen readers, high enough text to background contrast, and lots of little things that every CMS misses.

One in particular that misses a lot is Shopify, and these lawyers have realized that that's a gold mine. All you have to do is scrape footprints for Shopify, find big stores, and sue them.

"In 2016 in California, Bag’n Baggage was found to be in violation of the Unruh Civil Rights Act. The company was ordered to pay $4,000 in damages to the plaintiff, who hadn’t been able to shop independently on the inaccessible website, as well as remove the web barriers. Last year, the Whisper Restaurant and Lounge in Los Angeles was handed a similar finding, after a woman who is blind was unable to read the menu or make a reservation online." - Source



New York and Florida are particularly vulnerable. Source of images above.

If you fit the bill with a big eCommerce marketplace, and/or if you use Shopify, you may want to look into this accessibility issue. I'm sure Shopify is scrambling to roll out updates but all their sub-themes have to update too I'd think.

Just another public service announcement / heads up from your friendly neighborhood Ryuzaki.
 
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That's crazy wow lol

Good business opportunity though to fix this for clients.
 

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This is almost as ridiculous as the cookie disclaimers.
 
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Lol, that's some fucked up shit! Wonder if it could be a short-term money runner for someone. As previously mentioned, you can scrape for obvious footprints and sell that list to solicitors.
 

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Lol, that's some fucked up shit! Wonder if it could be a short-term money runner for someone. As previously mentioned, you can scrape for obvious footprints and sell that list to solicitors.
Ha! at first I thought you were going to say short-term money in fixing stuff for people. Then I read the next line. Don't contribute to the douchebaggery already happening!