Taking Aim at California Drive-by Lawsuits

“Drive-by” lawsuits filed against small business all over California have increased significantly.  People in California are more and more taking advantage of the 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act.  Under the current law, it is fairly easy for predatory plaintiffs to access $4,000 for each violation, per day, regardless of how trivial or easily fixable the violation is.  However, small-business owners will usually settle, often for tens of thousands of dollars, in exchange for the plaintiff and lawyer to “forget” about the violations.

Consequently, Senator Dianne Feinstein demanded that the Legislature do something to stop the small group of plaintiffs and lawyers that “threaten the viability of small businesses in our state.”