PHOENIX (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 serial litigator.
According 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 of law.”
Brnovich noted in his news release that his office intends to file a Motion for Sanction against AID.
Handling 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.