Shakedown on predatory lawsuit reform inches forward

Garth Stapley

The Modesto Bee

Oct 3, 2016

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

Assembly Bill 54, by Kristin Olsen, R-Riverbank, should help the California Commission on Disability Access provide the Legislature with better reports about lawsuits and demand letters stemming from disabled customers’ access to stores, hotels and other businesses. Assemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced, was the bill’s principal co-author.

They previously collaborated with Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, D-Manteca, on legislation approved by Brown in May, Senate Bill 269, allowing some small businesses time to fix technical violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act under limited circumstances.

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