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.”