Ask the House to Stop “Drive-by” ADA Lawsuits
Federal bill H.R. 620, The ADA Education and Reform Act, was introduced on January 24, 2017 by Representatives Ted Poe (R-TX), Scott Peters (D-CA), Ken Calvert (R-CA), Jackie Speier (D-CA), Michael Conaway (R-TX), and Ami Bera (D-CA). This legislation closes the loophole in the federal law that has unintentionally helped produce “drive-by” ADA Title III lawsuits while adding safeguards that incentivize the remedy of alleged violations – without taking away the right to pursue “bad actors” who ignore compliance. This is a “notice and cure” bill that requires a plaintiff to give specific notice to the property owner about the alleged violation(s) so they know what they are looking for in terms of a barrier. The legislation also allows property owners up to 120 days to fix the alleged ADA violation before the clock starts running on attorney fees.
Please send an email to your Representative today asking him or her to cosponsor HR 620. Maintaining bipartisan support from Republicans and Democrats is imperative to moving this issue forward. For a list of Federal Representatives from Michigan, go here.