Organizations with $33 Billion in annual revenue were sued over accessibility in one week last month

2020 accessibility lawsuits are on track to be close to 50 % higher than either 2018 or 2019. This article reviews a single week’s worth of those lawsuits.

Pad of paper with empty “this week” tear sheets on them.
Pad of paper with empty “this week” tear sheets on them.
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Total number of lawsuits filed in one week: at least 82

The total value of one year’s annual revenue for these organizations sued in ONE WEEK was $33 BILLION dollars

Clothing

Hanesbrands Inc. 2019 revenue, almost $7 billion.

Cole Haan 2019 Revenue: $686.6 million.

Wolverine World Wide, Inc. (shoewear, parent company to Harley-Davidson Footwear, Hush Puppies, Keds, Merrell, Saucony, Sperry, and Strideright) 2019 Revenue: $2.27 billion

Eileen Fisher, women's clothing. 2019 revenue, $500 million

Jill Acquisition, LLC d.b.a. J.Jill. 2019 revenue $641 million

SPARC Group LLC (Forever 21, Aeropostale, and Lucky Brand) 2019 revenue $843 million

Food

Bill Miller Bar-B-Q Enterprises, LTD. Annual Revenue: $250 million

Murray’s Cheese LLC 2019 annual revenue $250 million (7 % of the US cheese sales)

BA SPORTS NUTRITION, LLC, d.b.a. DRINKBODYARMOR.COM Annual Revenue $125 million

Bogopa Service Corp. (owns Food Bazar) Annual Revenue: $27 million

Books

Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Inc. Revenue: 3.48 billion

Healthcare

Hims, Inc., male health care services Revenue: Guidance for 2020 is $250 million

Careington International Corporation (dental plans) Revenue: $118 million

Zarbees, Inc. — a division of McNeil (vitamins) Revenue: Between $10 and $50 million

Retail

Camera Equipment

Home Decor

Harry’s.com, Inc. Annual Revenue $200 million, multiple lawsuits

Travel

Cruise America, Inc. Annual revenue: 30 million

Entertainment / Sports

Services

Education

Abilene Christian University ($452 million in endowments)

Claflin University ($203 million in endowments)

But wait, isn’t there some plugin / tool / overlay / widget that I can install that will solve the problem for cheap?

TL;DR

Yes, there are such things.

No, they won’t solve your accessibility issues or prevent lawsuits.

If executives only want to invest in the pretense of an accessibility magic bullet, they get exactly what they deserved if they get sued.

Written by

Blogger, disability advocate, nerd. Bringing the fire on ableism. A11y Architect @ VMware. Wheelchair user w/ a deaf daughter. CS, Law, and Business background

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