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Americans with Disabilities Act

ADA Lawsuit Forces Popular Folsom Restaurant To Shut Down

Posted on 07/08/2013 @ 01:00 PM

Tags: Americans with Disabilities Act

We regret to report that the Lake Forest Cafe, a popular restaurant in Folsom that has been open for 31 years, served its final meal yesterday after succumbing to an ADA lawsuit.

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CA Supreme Court Rules Defendants Who Win ADA Lawsuits Can Receive Attorney's Fees

Posted on 12/18/2012 @ 03:00 PM

Tags: Americans With Disabilities Act

A major California Supreme Court ruling was issued yesterday in which the Court found that plaintiffs who lose disabled access lawsuits are liable for the defendant's attorney's fees.

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CJAC Applauds Governor's Actions

Posted on 10/01/2012 @ 01:00 PM

Tags: Legislature, Americans with Disabilities Act, Legal Climate

Governor Jerry Brown had until midnight last night to sign or veto all the bills remaining on his desk, and we are happy to report that the results were great for CJAC.

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ADA Reform Bill Watered Down

By Todd Roberson on 06/21/2012 @ 01:00 PM

Tags: Americans with Disabilities Act

We regret to report that the ADA reform measure joint-authored by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Senator Bob Dutton - SB 1186 - has been significantly weakened in the latest round of amendments, which were made yesterday.

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SB 1186 - ADA Reform Measure - Approved by State Senate

By Todd Roberson on 05/30/2012 @ 05:00 PM

Tags: Americans with Disabilities Act

We are happy to report that Senate Bill 1186, joint-authored by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Senator Bob Dutton, was passed by the State Senate yesterday on a 36-0 vote.

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ADA Seminars in Modesto and Redlands This Week

By Todd Roberson on 03/14/2012 @ 12:00 PM

Tags: Americans with Disabilities Act

CJAC will be holding two seminars on Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance this week.

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ADA Reform Bills Abound

By Todd Roberson on 03/06/2012 @ 11:00 AM

Tags: Americans with Disabilities Act

There is no shortage of proposals in the California Legislature this year to change the way the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is enforced in our state, a reflection of the fact that the problem of abusive ADA lawsuits is not getting any better.

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ADA Workshop in Lakeside on Friday, Feb. 3rd

By Todd Roberson on 02/02/2012 @ 02:30 PM

Tags: Americans with Disabilities Act

CJAC President Kim Stone will be hosting an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) workshop tomorrow in East San Diego County in the town of Lakeside. The event will be co-hosted by the Lakeside and Santee Chambers of Commerce and State Senator Joel Anderson. The workshop will be from 7:30-9:00 a.m. at Café 67 in Lakeside.

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Growing Concern over ADA Suits in San Francisco

By Todd Roberson on 11/28/2011 @ 10:48 PM

Tags: Americans with Disabilities Act

A new push to reduce ADA lawsuits has emerged in a city that has always proven to be unafraid of fighting for change. San Francisco Supervisor David Chiu recently introduced an ordinance to give priority for construction permits that would bring businesses into compliance with disabled access laws, would mandate that commercial landlords make tenants signing or renewing a lease aware of potential ADA issues, and would allow small self-service restaurants and retail coffee stores to exclude the square footage of floor area required for disabled access from the calculation of maximum allowable square footage.

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New CALA Report Summarizes Frustrations of Local Leaders and Small Businesses

By Todd Roberson on 11/17/2011 @ 10:48 PM

Tags: Americans with Disabilities Act, Frivolous Lawsuits, Legal Climate, Legal Reform

This week the California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) released a new report summarizing the roundtable discussions they held across the state in which they brought together local elected officials, community leaders and business owners to share different perspectives about how excessive litigation is hurting California and what can be done to stop it.

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Congressman Dan Lungren Proposes ADA Reform

By Todd Roberson on 11/10/2011 @ 10:48 PM

Tags: Americans with Disabilities Act

A new proposal has been introduced in Congress, H.R. 3356, to give business owners a brief period of time to make ADA fixes before they can be sued. Congressman Dan Lungren (R-Gold River), from the Sacramento region, recognizes how vulnerable small businesses are to an exploitative lawsuit, and wants to give business owners 120 days to get their facilities in compliance after they have been notified of alleged violations.

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CJAC ADA Seminars Can Provide Valuable Guidance for Small Businesses

By Todd Roberson on 09/21/2011 @ 12:00 PM

Tags: Americans with Disabilities Act

Yesterday CJAC President Kim Stone continued our Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) seminars, this one hosted by State Senator Joel Anderson and the Poway, CA Chamber of Commerce. CJAC has held a number of seminars in recent years across California to help small business owners understand the importance of complying with ADA to avoid a costly lawsuit. The ADA rules can get very complicated and it can be difficult to know if you're in compliance. When you combine that with the fact that there are serial plaintiffs out there, as we often point out, abusing the law to force settlement payments regardless of whether the fixes are made, business owners must be diligent when it comes to disabled access.

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Suit against White Castle: Obese customers can't fit into the booths

By Todd Roberson on 09/19/2011 @ 11:00 AM

Tags: Americans with Disabilities Act, Frivolous Lawsuits

Check out this post on the San Francisco Chronicle's Hot Topics blog: White Castle sued by overweight burger-lover. An obese New Yorker has claimed that his civil rights have been violated because he cannot fit into the booths at White Castle restaurants. We're going to have to put this one in the "excessive and unwarranted" category...

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