Chris Ashton

dai11y 27/10/2021

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Accessibility overlays are a hot topic in the a11y world, so it’s worth keeping on top of all legal proceedings in this space. In her blog post below, accessibility consultant Julie Moynat writes a cautionary tale of how an accessibility overlay company have started legal proceedings against her, off the back of a single tweet.

Help for my lawyer’s fees in the FACIL’iti lawsuit against me

  • In November 2020, the French Secretary of State to Digital Transition and Electronic Communications tweeted positively about the use of FACIL’iti to make sites accessible. (You can see the accessibility overlay in action on https://www.facil-iti.com/).
  • Julie responded to the tweet, “expressing disapproval”. Her response ended up getting 9 retweets and 32 likes.
  • At the end of December 2020, FACIL’iti sent a formal notice to Julie’s employer, demanding that the tweet be deleted. NB, Julie had tweeted from her personal account, outside of working hours.
  • Julie deleted the tweet within two days of being informed of the letter, on 28th December.
  • On 21st May 2021, a subpoena letter was served to Julie’s home address, intending to press charges to the tune of €10,500.
  • Julie reached out for help via the blog post above, asking the community to donate to cover her legal fees. She raised almost €6,000, which has fulfilled her target.
  • She updated her blog post on 12th October: the proceedings are still ongoing, and no trial date has yet been set.

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