Newsline) — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said his office has been turning the tide in the fight to protect small businesses in the state from “drive-by” litigation alleging violations of laws protecting the disabled.
country, serial litigators are targeting businesses with disability access
lawsuits and exploiting our vulnerable citizens for their own financial gain,”
Brnovich wrote in a recent post on his website. “I saw
these lawsuits flooding Arizona courts and knew someone had to protect our
community from abusive litigation practices, especially those that exploit individuals
said in February his office achieved a
significant victory when a judge dismissed more than a thousand open lawsuits
filed by a group called Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities (AID).
According to Brnovich, this group targeted Arizona businesses with “drive-by” disability access lawsuits. AID allegedly submitted 1,700
lawsuits against businesses in the state.
copy-and-paste lawsuits alleged that businesses’ parking lots did not comply with
regulations related to persons with disabilities,” Brnovich wrote. “Many of the
issues were minor and easily fixable, but the lawsuits sought thousands of
dollars in damages and attorneys’ fees.”
fought to have these complaints dismissed because he saw these practices as harming Arizonans.
attorney general, I also have an obligation to ensure that we don’t tolerate serial litigators who try to shake down hardworking
businesses by exploiting the disability community,” Brnovich wrote.