DENVER — When James Blanchard designed his winery and taproom in Denver’s Dairy Block two years ago, compliance was front of mind.
“Making sure your entry doorways are wide enough, your table spacing is wide enough, I have clear pathways to the restroom,” said Blanchard, who owns Blanchard Family Wines with his brother. “We 100% want to be accessible, we want to be compliant, we want to be inclusive for all.”
So it came as a surprise when he was summoned to court this year. He is being sued for noncompliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
“There was no letters no notice, no warning, just ‘you have been served,'” he said.
The lawsuit was brought by a blind Coloradan, David Katt, who is being represented by a New Jersey law firm called Marcus & Zelman. The lawsuit alleges the website for Blanchard Family Wines fails to meet numerous ADA