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Companies need to be aware of ADA compliance, lawsuits

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According to a recent article in The Times-Herald, several small businesses around Vallejo, California, have received lawsuits citing noncompliance with the American with Disabilities Act.

Some businesses have stated these lawsuits are extortion, while others referred to them as "vexatious litigation." However, a number of businesses have been targeted by disabled veterans, who claim the companies have insufficient handicapped parking. In all, more than two dozen lawsuits were filed against companies in Vallejo during June.

Other such lawsuits have cited insufficient access to buildings and lack of ADA-compliant signs.

One veteran, 64-year-old George Louie, has joined an organization - the Oakland-based Americans With Disabilities Advocates - which has filed more than 800 similar suits nationwide.

While Louie's group has tried to stay away from smaller companies, those failing to comply with the ADA have been targeted, regardless of size.

The increased number of lawsuits citing professional liability highlight the need for businesses of all sizes to adhere to industry regulations, lest they enter into expensive legal matters. 

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