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Brandon Thompson has experience working closely with various bureaus, trade associations, and businesses to interpret and enforce the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (TCPA), Truth in Caller ID Act, TRACED Act, and other rules and regulations of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). He has coordinated with state attorneys general, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on numerous federal enforcement actions.

Key Updates:

  • Earlier this month, the Department of Justice (DOJ) adopted a final rule under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) aimed at ensuring web content and apps are accessible to people with disabilities.
  • Specifically, the new rule requires that public entities covered by Title II, which includes state and local governments as well as special purpose districts, Amtrak, and other commuter authorities, conform their websites and apps to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1, Level AA. WCAG 2.1 is widely accepted as an industry standard for achieving accessibility online and forms the basis for other regimes such as the EU’s harmonized standards under its Web Accessibility Directive.
  • Public entities must comply within two to three years, depending on their size. The DOJ’s rule only contains narrow exceptions, as described below.
  • The DOJ’s move foreshadows the potential for similar action under Title III of the ADA, which applies to public accommodations owned by private entities, such as restaurants, shops, movie theaters, daycares, and private hospitals.

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