CJAC: Civil Justice Association of California

Sep 19, 2012

Governor Signs Disabled Access Litigation Reform Bill Into Law

SACRAMENTO – Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1186 today, legislation that seeks to restrict disabled access lawyers by prohibiting pre-lawsuit settlement demand letters, reducing statutory damages under certain circumstances, restricting “stacked” claims from plaintiffs who allege the same violation multiple times, and increasing funding for certified access specialists, among other changes. Kim Stone, President of the Civil Justice Association of California (CJAC), issued the following statement in response:

“We are extremely pleased that Governor Brown recognized that disabled access lawsuits are out of control and that change was needed. This bill should provide some relief to small business owners who are making good faith efforts to comply and it should help reign in unscrupulous plaintiffs’ lawyers who have been exploiting the Americans with Disabilities Act for financial gain.

“There was little optimism going into 2012 that the Legislature would address this issue, but thanks to Senator Dianne Feinstein’s advocacy and the persistence of Senators Darrell Steinberg and Bob Dutton a legitimate attempt at reform has now been enacted. We thank Governor Brown for signing the bill and we hope that it will make a significant difference.”

SB 1186 is an urgency measure and takes effect immediately.

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