BROOKLYN, N.Y. (BRAIN) — An Astoria, N.Y. man who is legally blind is the lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit filed against Louis Garneau USA. The suit alleges the Vermont-based company’s website is not compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act. The man, Brian Fischler, is the lead plaintiff on dozens of similar lawsuits filed in New York over the last two years; his law firm is among the firms that file the majority of such cases across the country.
Last year, a man from Brooklyn sued Haro Bicycle with a similar complaint. That suit, which was later settled, does not appear to be related to the suit against Garneau. The man who sued Haro was represented by a different law firm.
In both cases, the men said they were unable to access all features of the brands’ websites, in violation of the ADA. In particular, Fischler charges that images on the Garneau USA website lack alternative text that would allow them to be accessible via a screen reader, videos lack audio descriptions, and some webpage headings are not labeled, making navigation difficult, and creating other challenges.
The suit demands that Garneau fix the site and train …read more