(Legal Newsline) — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Feb. 17
that a judge has dismissed more than 1,000 allegedly frivolous lawsuits filed by a
to Brnovich, the litigator – Advocates for Individuals (AID) – targeted small
businesses in the state by flooding state courts with more than 1,700 lawsuits.
Brnovich says the lawsuits were “copy-and-paste” claims stating that
certain businesses’ parking lots did not comply with regulations related to
persons with disabilities. These issues, Brnovich said, were minor issues, yet
the plaintiff sought thousands of dollars in damages and attorney fees.
“Arizona is not going to tolerate serial litigators who try
to shake down small hardworking businesses by exploiting the disability
community,” Brnovich said. “Today’s ruling is a victory for the rule
noted in his news release that his office intends to file a Motion for
Sanction against AID.
the case for the state was assistant attorney general Matthew Du Mee. Also helping were attorneys Brunn
(Beau) W. Roysden III, O.H. Skinner, John Heyhoe-Griffiths, Evan Daniels, Aaron
Duell and Civil Division chief Paul Watkins.