Williams v. VaporDNA

This is the second case in a 5-part post series where I breakdown a lawsuit being filed despite there being an accessibility overlay / widget being used. Below are links to the posts for all five cases.

For more background on this series, refer to the Walters v. Venum case.

Walters v. Venum Training World, Inc., Case 6:20-cv-00324 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York

Williams v. VaporDNA, Case 1:20-cv-02294-JGK in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

Fredericka Nellon v. Agri Beef Co., Case 1:20-cv-10595-RGS in the United States District Court for Massachusetts

Ariza v. Carmen Sol FL, LLC, Case 1:20-cv-21262-KMW in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Cruz v. Rockwell Time, Inc., Case 1:20-cv-01902-LJL in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

Law

Title III of the ADA, 42 U.S.C. § 12181 and 28 U.S.C. § 1332

New York City Human Rights Law, N.Y.C. Admin. Code § 8-101

Website

www.vapordna.com

Overlay

No mention of an overlay was made in the filing.

As of July 24, 2020, VaporDNA.com has the AccessiBe icon in the lower right hand corner of its website.  I have opened up the toolbar menu of options so you can clearly see this in the screenshot below.

vapordna.com homepage with accessibe menu open

To be fair to AccessiBe, the earliest I can see their presence on VaporDNA.com is May 2, 2020 which is after the lawsuit was filed so they could have been added as a hopeful quick fix after the fact.

Claims

(I’m using mostly the plaintiff’s language.)

  • lacks alt text
  • failure to add a label element or title attribute for each field
  • same title elements on each page
  • broken links

Plaintiff’s Lawyer

David P. Force of Stein Saks, PLLC.

Notes

The claims of inacessibility are written the exact same, word for word, as the complaint filed in Cruz v. Rockwell Time, Inc. by Joseph H. Mizrahi of Cohen & Mizrahi LLP.

Maybe there’s a template floating around the circle of law firms filing in Southern District of New York.