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California businesses continue to fall victim to ADA lawsuits


An article in the Auburn Journal relayed that companies in the area have been sued for alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, continuing the recent trend.

Many of the ADA lawsuits being filed against the local businesses originate from a single lawyer, Scott Johnson, who himself is disabled. During the last year, Johnson has filed hundreds of lawsuits citing ADA noncompliance.

Many of the violations Johnson cites in his cases involve a lack of handicap access. One local pet shop was sued by Johnson for failing to have adequate aisle space for him to maneuver through. Other complaints involve having too few handicap parking spots.

Several business owners have spoken out about these suits.

"If that's the fact that I have to do that, then I can’t remain open, because I have to take an aisle down," Larry Taylor, owner of the guilty pet shop, told the news source. "I hope we can come to some sort of means that would benefit all parties. I'm having a hard time, with as slow as business is, to try to stay open."

The cases highlight the importance of companies of all sizes adhering to industry regulations. Failing to comply to such rules can result in a similar scenario to what these Californian businesses have faced with their professional liability. 

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