A Valley ‘’advocacy” group has filed another batch of disability-access lawsuits, bringing the total number of cases above 1,200.
Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities (AID) filed 144 lawsuits last week, court records show. The group has now filed at least 1,260 lawsuits since February.
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, AID has been suing businesses over alleged parking lot violations. The group’s lead attorney, Peter Strojnik, told ABC15 that he plans to file 100,000 lawsuits across the country.
The true number of lawsuits filed by AID is hard to pinpoint. AID has flooded the court system with its cases and searches conducted through the Superior Court’s website online and at the court clerk’s office have returned slightly different numbers.
The group has also filed cases under four different entities: Advocates for American Disabled Individuals LLC; Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities Inc.; Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities LLC; and Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities Foundation Inc.
ABC15 aired a pair of investigative reports about AID last week. The station’s investigation exposed that buildings were AID operates didn’t meet the same standards as the businesses it was suing. Reporters also uncovered discrepancies in several statements given by AID and its officials.
Contact ABC15 Investigator Dave Biscobing at email@example.com.