Even the libs at the New York Times have begun to notice that the Americans With Disabilities Act is a corrupt abomination. Here’s how vampires use it to exsanguinate small businesses:
A small cadre of lawyers, some from out of state, are using New York City’s age and architectural quirkiness as the foundation for a flood of lawsuits citing violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act.
The lawyers are generally not acting on existing complaints from people with disabilities. Instead, they identify local businesses, like bagel shops and delis, that are not in compliance with the law, and then aggressively recruit plaintiffs from advocacy groups for people with disabilities.
The plaintiffs typically collect $500 for each suit, and each plaintiff can be used several times over. The lawyers, meanwhile, make several thousands of dollars, because the civil rights law entitles them to legal fees from the noncompliant businesses.
Every business has to be designed to cater to every conceivable handicap. There’s no use going after big national chains that can afford this gargantuan and mostly pointless expense. So it’s the mom and pop businesses that get rolled.
Few, if any, cases have gone to trial, according to a review of electronic court records; the defendants usually agree to settle … lawyers typically do not give the businesses a chance to remedy the problem before filing suit.
These are shakedowns, pure and simple, coated like most particularly contemptible crimes with a shiny gloss of bleeding heart moonbattery.
On America’s version of Animal Farm, no animal is quite as equal as the disabled — except the disabled’s greedy lawyers.
On a tip from Sean.