Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Frivolous ADA Lawsuits Cutting into Funds that Could Otherwise Represent New Jobs

California Needs More Jobs, Not More Lawsuits

The First Step is Putting an End to ADA Lawsuit Abuse

It’s no secret that California’s jobs and economic climate is in crisis.

The Sunshine State faces a $15 billion budget deficit — and the state's unemployment rate remains in double digits.

If California is going to get back on track, it’s going to have to improve its climate for job creators — especially small business owners.

One place to start is reform of California’s abusive lawsuit climate, which threatens the Golden State’s small business owners, such as Roberto Guerrero. Please watch the video below to view Roberto’s story:

Click here to watch the video.
As you can see from Roberto’s story, abuse of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) is a real threat to California small businesses, such as Roberto’s.

Unlike in most states, California law authorizes monetary damages in ADA cases, which incentivizes enterprising plaintiffs and their lawyers to bring lawsuits for even minor ADA violations. The law also provides for damages of up to $4,000 for each and every visit to a non-compliant business, encouraging plaintiffs to not report problems and instead repeatedly visit a business in order to claim greater payouts.

Most small businesses, such as Roberto’s, operate on small profit margins. As such, in an economic downturn, a single lawsuit can mean the difference between survival and closing up shop.

Please click here to view Roberto’s story.

Understanding the problem is the first step toward reforming the Sunshine State’s abusive lawsuit climate.
IRLIRLAbout the Institute for Legal Reform (ILR)
The Institute for Legal Reform is an advocacy group working to end lawsuit abuse. ILR is a national campaign of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, with the critical mission of making America's legal system simpler, faster, and fairer for everyone.

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