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March 31, 2017

WSJ Editorial: ADA Lawsuits Have Doubled in Five Years & Six Firms File 81%

American with Disabilities Act (ADA) lawsuits in federal courts have more than doubled in five years and they now account for about a quarter of civil-rights cases (up from 12.3% in 2011), writes the Wall Street Journal editorial board.

“While some complaints have merit, most are filed be a few predatory attorneys. The California Commission on Disability Access says six law firms accounted for 81% of federal and state complaints last year.”

Thankfully, reforms have been proposed, including procedural hurdles for “extremely high-frequency litigants” and a bill that would give businesses 120-days to remedy ADA violations. The WSJ concludes “these sensible reforms would protect the disabled while reducing opportunities for ethically impaired lawyers to ransack businesses.”

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