Valley's flood of ADA lawsuits part of a national trend

Posted at 5:52 PM, Aug 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-03 21:19:30-04

As a new group floods the Phoenix area with disability access lawsuits, concerns over serial ADA litigation has popped up in other cities and states in the past.

Since February, Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities (AID) has filed more than 1,000 lawsuits accusing businesses of violating the American with Disabilities Act.

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AID is focusing on parking lots and appears to be filing cases at an unprecedented pace.

But other plaintiffs and lawyers have filed bunches of cases for a variety of other ADA issues. In fact, AID’s lead attorney (along with his son) filed more than 200 lawsuits against hotels for not having pool lifts. Here’s an example.

To help put what’s happening here in Arizona in perspective, here are other reports from news outlets and attorneys across the country.

Disability Lawsuits Against Small Businesses Soar
Wall Street Journal / October 2014

Legislation aims to curb serial ADA lawsuit

The Mercury News / April 2016

Abuse of ADA a plague on California small businesses
The Orange County Register / April 2015

Laws meant to help the disabled have had unintended consequences
The Economist / May 2016

California Outpaces Other States in ADA Lawsuits
NBC Bay Area / February 2014

Harassment? Extortion? Man files dozens of lawsuits against local motels
WSB-TV Atlanta / May 2016

The ADA Shakedown Racket
City Journal / 2004

Rein in runaway lawsuits on small businesses
Sun Sentinel / January 2014