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

George Lurie

Fresno Business Journal

May 25, 2016

A new California law will soon go into effect giving some small business owners time to correct compliance issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act.Lawmakers in Sacramento have finally come to the aid of small business owners targeted by “predatory” ADA lawsuits.

A new California law will soon go into effect giving some small business owners time to correct compliance issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Legislators’ efforts to recognize the problem were rewarded recently 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.

Senate Bill 269, authored by Sen. Richard Roth (D-Riverside), falls short of the sweeping reform sought by some lawmakers but does represent a step in the right direction, according to advocates who have been fighting to try to stem the tidal wave of ADA-related lawsuits inundating Golden State courts.

“Small businesses should be spending time and resources providing goods and services ... not fighting predatory lawsuits,” said Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, (R-Riverbank), one of SB 269’s co-authors. For several years, Olsen has been trying to pass legislation that makes it tougher, especially for serial litigants, to file the lawsuits.

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