Although we reported about this last week, we are including this story again because of the intense interest and huge impact this bill will have on our industry. This is an historic reform and we want to make sure that we shout about it from (our own) rooftops!
A bill we sponsored is being hailed as the most comprehensive and significant reform to California’s ADA Law. It passed the Legislature by a two-thirds vote in the wee hours of Friday night. Currently, California has 40 percent of the nation’s ADA lawsuits but only 12 percent of the country’s disabled population.
SB 1186 (Steinberg/Dutton) will curb lawsuit abuse regarding the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) while promoting increased compliance with disabled accessibility building codes throughout the state. This is a “win-win” situation for the State of California.
Among other things, this measure: prohibits prelitigation “demands for money” by attorneys; puts into place new provisions to prevent “stacking” of multiple claims to increase statutory damages; reduces statutory damages and provides litigation protections for defendants who correct violations; and establishes priorities for the California Commission on Disabled Accessibility that promote and facilitate disability access compliance.
Please drop Governor Brown a note and let him know how this bill will positiviely impact your business – while improving access – and urge him to sign the bill.
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