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Spate of ADA lawsuits hits hundreds of local businesses still reeling from the pandemic

Original post made on Aug 15, 2021

Things were looking pretty good last month for Tai Pan, a downtown Palo Alto restaurant known for its Cantonese dim sum. COVID-19 restrictions were lifted and customers were coming back, but now the restaurant is facing an ADA lawsuit.

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Posted by ark
a resident of another community
on Aug 15, 2021 at 9:37 pm

ark is a registered user.

I have mobility issues from MS. I had to leave my dentist because there were steps to get in the front door (rather than a ramp). Also I had to stop seeing a Dr. because of stairs up to the front door.

Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 16, 2021 at 7:38 am

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Johnson is a shakedown artist. This is how he makes his living. He's sued businesses in the past that he never had even been to nor tried to. His interest isn't in making these businesses compliant with the ADA. His interest is shaking them down for money. If he was really interested in making the businesses ADA compliant, why would he go away and drop the suit when paid money by the business, not require them to comply? It's a shakedown pure and simple and it is disgusting. Other disabled people should call this scumbag out as he makes them all look bad. Something also needs to be done to modify the ADA to stop the ability to shake these businesses down for money without compliance.

Posted by tmain
a resident of Woodside High School
on Aug 19, 2021 at 11:01 pm

tmain is a registered user.

The lawsuits are clearly opportunistic. If this individual truly cares about frequenting specific establishments, any accessibility issues could have been directed at those businesses. Instead, he hired a surveyor to screen various businesses, hundreds at least. This shows a pattern, essentially a plan to file cases against as many businesses as possible, with profit in mind. Some establishments may have no choice but to shut down because they cannot afford to manage a defence. What about the municipalities that cleared each of these businesses?

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