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Redwood City restaurant owners reflect on ADA lawsuits

Original post made on May 18, 2022

Peninsula restaurant owners react to a U.S. District Court judge's dismissal of an Americans with Disabilities Act case filed by a defendant who has sued numerous businesses over accessibility.

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Posted by Soccer mom
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 18, 2022 at 12:30 pm

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I'm glad small actions are happening against this egregious abuse of the ADA law. The law should be updated to require the "victim" to notify the establishment first and the establishment should be given some time to comply. The notification to the establishment could be public record but it should not be allowed to start with a lawsuit.

Posted by pogo
a resident of Woodside: other
on May 18, 2022 at 2:30 pm

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Soccer Mom - you are absolutely right.

But the people who file hundreds (even thousands) of ADA lawsuits have zero interest in making these places ADA compliant. These plaintiffs simply want cash - usually $5,000 - to drop their lawsuit. They couldn't care less if the business owner offers to correct the deficiency. They are no different from "ransomware" criminals who hold an organization's computers hostage until there is a payoff.

It's about time that judges and attorneys general bring an end to this extortion. Just give the business owner a chance to respond and to correct any out of compliance issues - shouldn't that be the objective?

Posted by MenloVoter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 19, 2022 at 7:45 am

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yes, supposedly that is the objective, but as you note, there are some that have taken advantage of this law to make a living screwing over small businesses. San Francisco is going after these parasites. The rest of California should do the same AND change the way the law is enforced.

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