Ever since the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) was signed into law in 1990, the federal government mandated for public facilities to accommodate people with disabilities, including widening entryways and providing closer parking spaces. But over the last decade, specifically in California, there has been over 25,000 federal and state ADA lawsuits filed.
One example of an ADA-related lawsuit occurred in 2012 in San Jose, California. A paraplegic sued 80 small businesses in the South Bay area, deeming the businesses either had inadequate parking for the disabled, the entryway wasn’t wide enough for the paraplegics’ wheelchair or the facilities bathroom wasn’t accessible for disabled citizens. The whole ordeal happened in one weekend! The wheelchair-bound man managed to get thousands of dollars from the lawsuits. But despite the alleged ADA violations of the businesses, many of these lawsuits likely have proof of service defects, and for $90 a motion to quash can be filed, dragging the law crook into court and fighting back. I think that the paraplegic man would drop the case because the whole situation is not to spend money, but to rake money from others.