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Judge blasts serial ADA lawsuit filer

Nov 17, 2016

Judge blasts serial ADA lawsuit filer

The Sentinel

A local hotel has settled a lawsuit filed by an Arizona woman who alleged its spa was not handicapped accessible, despite the fact that the woman never visited the hotel.

New law encourages more transparency about ADA inspections

Nov 2, 2016

New law encourages more transparency about ADA inspections

Central Valley Business Journal

Renters of commercial real estate will have added protections, and owners will have more responsibilities, under a law that will take effect in January.

Shakedown on predatory lawsuit reform inches forward

Oct 3, 2016

Shakedown on predatory lawsuit reform inches forward

The Modesto Bee

Another bill championed by a local legislator to address predatory lawsuits was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown just before Friday’s deadline.

Steinorth bill signed

Sep 16, 2016

Steinorth bill signed

Highland Community News

Today Governor Brown signed Assemblyman Steinorth’s AB 2093 to improve disability access throughout the state, by providing support for businesses to proactively ensure their properties are access compliant

California is ground zero for ADA lawsuit abuse

Aug 9, 2016

California is ground zero for ADA lawsuit abuse

Northern California Record

State Rep. Ken Calvert, (R-CA) spoke out against abusive litigation brought on alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) earlier in the state's legislative session saying that businesses ought to be given a reasonable period of time to fix access problems.

Jury still out on whether bill will stymie access lawsuit abuse

Jun 22, 2016

Jury still out on whether bill will stymie access lawsuit abuse

Daily Journal (subscription required)

Over the past several years, faced with increasing public frustration over the extraordinary number of access lawsuits, efforts have been made to reduce these claims.

What Relief Does New Disability Access Legislation Provide for Businesses?

Jun 20, 2016

What Relief Does New Disability Access Legislation Provide for Businesses?

JD Supra

In response to complaints from both large and small business owners, the California Legislature enacted a variety of measures to rein in lawsuits by individuals with disabilities under California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act and Disabled Persons Act .

New ‘fix-it’ bill offers small businesses more protection from ADA lawsuits

May 25, 2016

New ‘fix-it’ bill offers small businesses more protection from ADA lawsuits

Fresno Business Journal

Legislators’ efforts to recognize the problem were rewarded when Governor Jerry Brown signed a bi-partisan bill that will allow small businesses more time to fix specified technical violations related to disability access.

ACTION NEWS INVESTIGATES: ADA LAWSUITS

May 24, 2016

ACTION NEWS INVESTIGATES: ADA LAWSUITS

...of Central Valley businesses have been sued for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. And the disabled men behind many of those...

Bill to Curb ADA Lawsuit Abuse Signed by Brown

May 14, 2016

Bill to Curb ADA Lawsuit Abuse Signed by Brown

California Political Review

Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 269 (Roth) which gives some relief to small business.

Disability access compliance reform bill on Gov. Brown's desk

May 2, 2016

Disability access compliance reform bill on Gov. Brown's desk

Northern California Record

A bill that gives small businesses the opportunity to fix Americans with Disability Act (ADA) violations before getting sued has been signed by California Gov. Brown.

Help for victims of ADA-based extortion

Apr 29, 2016

Help for victims of ADA-based extortion

The Americans with Disabilities Act was intended to prohibit discrimination against people with physical or mental impairments and to improve access for the disabled to public accommodations. Too often, however, it has been used to shake down businesses for minor violations, such as a door sign affixed an inch too high or too low or a disabled parking logo that is a little too faded or painted in the wrong shade of blue.

Maybe-Finally-Relief for Lawsuits Against Small Business

Apr 29, 2016

Maybe-Finally-Relief for Lawsuits Against Small Business

It’s been a long time coming with much damage done to small business owners but legislators seem to be zeroing in on corrective measures to give business owners a chance to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) without facing destructive lawsuits.

Bill To Limit ADA Compliance "Abusive Lawsuits" Heads To Governor Brown

Apr 29, 2016

Bill To Limit ADA Compliance "Abusive Lawsuits" Heads To Governor Brown

California leads the nation in the Americans with Disabilities Act compliance lawsuits. The financial judgments can devastate a small business that fails to provide handicapped parking or has inaccessible bathrooms.

Americans with Disability Act reform bill reaches governor

Apr 29, 2016

Americans with Disability Act reform bill reaches governor

After its passage Monday, proponents are now lobbying the governor to sign SB 269, which would reform the Americans with Disability Act in the state.

Disability access compliance reform bill on Gov. Brown's desk

May 2, 2014

Disability access compliance reform bill on Gov. Brown's desk

Northern California Record

A bill that gives small businesses the opportunity to fix Americans with Disability Act (ADA) violations before getting sued has been signed by California Gov. Brown.

California Outpaces Other States in ADA Lawsuits

Feb 19, 2014

California Outpaces Other States in ADA Lawsuits

NBC Bay Area

Depending on who’s telling the story—the enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act in California is either working as intended, or it’s in desperate need of reform.

Under Calif. Law With Teeth, Big-Time Lawsuits Hit Small Businesses

Feb 18, 2014

Under Calif. Law With Teeth, Big-Time Lawsuits Hit Small Businesses

NPR

Some California lawyers and litigants have created a cottage industry around the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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