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Pacific ADA Center (Region 9)

The purpose of the Pacific ADA Center is to build a partnership between the disability and business communities and to promote full and unrestricted participation in society for persons with disabilities through education and technical assistance.

Civil Prosecution Against Law Firm for Exploiting ADA to File Thousands of Fraudulent Lawsuits Against Small Businesses

April 27, 2022

Potter Handy has filed thousands of fraudulent, boilerplate lawsuits against small businesses alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and California’s Unruh Act, a civil rights statute.  These lawsuits seek damages and coerce cash settlements from vulnerable small business owners, regardless of whether there are actual ADA violations at the businesses or whether compliance is “readily achievable” under the ADA. It is estimated that well over 200 businesses in San Francisco alone were targeted by these fraudulent lawsuits.

For more information, see the San Francisco District Attroney's Office Press Release.