On February 15, 2012, I will be presenting a seminar to the National Retail Tenants Association on disability access litigation in California. These lawsuits, brought under the federal Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act and Disabled Persons Act, are controversial. Business owners, particularly small business owners, claim that the plaintiffs and plaintiff’s attorneys bringing these lawsuits are using the law to line their pockets with quick settlements, while the plaintiffs and plaintiff’s attorneys bringing these lawsuits claim that they are helping the disabled community by suing businesses who have failed to comply with the law.
Last month, California Lawyer, a publication of the Daily Journal, had a cover story featuring a couple of the better known plaintiff’s attorneys bringing these controversial lawsuits. Thomas Frankovich, one of the ADA plaintiff’s attorneys profiled, and who I have had on the other side of cases, is featured on the cover. And, yes, he does in fact regularly wear a fringe jacket.