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.
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
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