Calif. Gov. Signs Bill To Rein In Disability Access Suits

Law360, San Diego (September 20, 2012, 6:24 PM EDT) -- Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Wednesday aiming to curb disability access litigation against businesses in the state and prohibiting attorneys from sending prelitigation demands for money.

The governor approved S.B. 1186, which bars attorneys from serving “demand-for-money” letters on businesses that allegedly have construction-related barriers that violate state and federal disabled-access laws. The measure came in response to concerns that companies being threatened over minor access violations were opting to pay quick settlements rather than engage in costly litigation and sometimes wouldn’t even fix the...
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