VISTA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Haro Bicycle is one of thousands of companies dealing with lawsuits over their websites’ compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act.
A Brooklyn, New York-man who is legally blind is the lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit filed last week against Haro in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The man, Valentin Reid, says Haro is violating the ADA because one of its websites, ridedelsol.com, is not accessible to the blind.
Reid is the lead plaintiff on at least four other similar suits filed in the court last week, and legal experts say thousands of such suits have been filed in recent years. One source counted over 2,200 such suits were filed in 2018, a 177% increase over the year prior. Haro is likely not the first bike-related company to be sued over website ADA compliance, but the suit is the first against a bike company that BRAIN has found through court filing searches.
Reid is asking for legal fees and compensatory and punitive damages. He is represented by the Stein Saks lawfirm of Hackensack, New Jersey. The other suits he filed last week are against a vape …read more