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Well, it is May 7, 2019, and I feel like it is a great time to check in on another prolific ADA lawsuit filer named Brian Whitaker. By my count, he has filed over 100 ADA lawsuits so far in 2019. That is nearly one lawsuit for each day of the year so far.

Brian Whitaker is represented by a law firm called the Center for Disability Access. They also go by the name Potter Handy LLP. Brian and his attorneys are filing these ADA cases in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. The Central District covers Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo County, Santa Barbara County, Venture County, Orange County, San Bernardino County, and Riverside County. Basically, all of Southern California not including San Diego.

Unfortunately, there are no shortage of businesses to sue in the Central District for ADA violations. This is why I strongly recommend that business owners and landlords be proactive about ADA compliance. A simple site survey performed every year will help businesses comply with the arcane ADA rules and regulations. A good CASp inspector can be difficult to find. Many of the inspectors are booked months out due to the large volume of these ADA lawsuits. Contact my office if you need a referral to a good quality CASp inspector anywhere in California.

Remember, even small violations can result in lawsuits. Incorrect door hardware, missing parking signage, a counter a few inches too high, and faded or missing parking lot lines give people like Brian Whitaker an open door to file a lawsuit. A lot of Brian Whitaker’s lawsuits are filed over very obvious ADA violations. The classic ADA violation is the complete lack of handicap parking. While ADA inspections are not free, they certainly are less expensive than the costs associated with litigation.

The pace of these shakedown lawsuits only seems to be increasing as times goes on. Our political leaders fail and refuse to fix this broken law. The result is endless litigation clogging our federal court system. Don’t be a victim — assess your ADA compliance often to avoid these problems.


Meet Attorney Rick Morin

My name is Rick Morin and I am a tireless advocate for individuals throughout California. Along with my associate attorney Bryce, paralegal Jordann and assistance Alex, my team and I aggressively pursue litigation matters in California Courts.

Rick Morin

Everyone in my offices loves helping employees fight back against injustice. We fully utilize California’s strong labor laws to level the playing field. We are very proud of what we are able to achieve.

My small team and I operate out of Sacramento, California just blocks away from the United States Courthouse and the Sacramento Superior Court. But we accept cases state wide, with satellite offices in San Jose in the Los Angeles area. We are always on the lookout for strong cases and clients as dedicated as we are.

I invite you to contact my office at (916) 333-2222 to discuss your ADA lawsuit.

Today is April 10, 2019 and I feel like it is a great time to check in on prolific ADA lawsuit filer Samuel Love. By my count, he has filed nearly 60 ADA lawsuits so far in 2019. 57 lawsuits to be exact. Said another way, Samuel Love has filed an ADA lawsuit every other day since the start of the new year.

We used to see Samuel Love file most of his lawsuits in Southern California. But right now, he is filing these ADA cases in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The Northern District covers the Bay Area, including places like Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Oakland, San Francisco, Walnut Creek, Pinole, etc.

Unfortunately, there are no shortage of businesses to sue in the Northern District for ADA violations. This is why I strongly recommend that business owners and landlords be proactive about ADA compliance. A simple site survey performed every year will help businesses comply with the arcane ADA rules and regulations. A good CASp inspector can be difficult to find. Many of the inspectors are booked months out due to the large volume of these ADA lawsuits. Contact my office if you need a referral to a good quality CASp inspector.

Remember, even small violations can result in lawsuits. Incorrect door hardware, missing parking signage, a counter a few inches too high, and faded or missing parking lot lines give people like Samuel Love an open door to file a lawsuit. While ADA inspections are not free, they certainly are less expensive than the costs associated with litigation.

The pace of these shakedown lawsuits only seems to be increasing as times goes on. Our political leaders fail and refuse to fix this broken law. The result is endless litigation clogging our federal court system. Don’t be a victim — assess your ADA compliance often to avoid these problems.

I represent business owners and landlords throughout California in ADA litigation. Please call my office at 916-333-2222 to discuss an ADA lawsuit or demand letter that you have received.

Most people know that Scott Johnson is from the Sacramento area. Specifically, Scott Johnson lives in Carmichael, California, a sleepy suburb of Sacramento. But geography does not stop Scott Johnson from filing his ADA lawsuits all over California.

Scott Johnson Has Been Very Busy in Santa Clara County

As evidenced by this report in the Los Altos Town Crier in which I was quoted, Scott Johnson has been very busy in Santa Clara County. Scott Johnson has been suing small businesses all over the county, including in San Jose, Los Altos, Menlo Park, Mountain View, and other cities.

Almost no category of business has been safe from Scott Johnson. He has been suing convenience stores, furniture stores, fast food restaurants, motels and hotels, and small retail businesses.

On some days, we see Scott Johnson file over five federal lawsuits. This is an extremely high number of lawsuits for one individual to file in a single day. This repeats day after day. Scott Johnson appears to be filing most of his lawsuits in the Northern District of California which covers the Bay Area.

It is Time to Inspect Your Business for ADA Compliance

ADA plaintiffs such as Scott Johnson make no apologies for their targeting of small businesses. The absolute best strategy for avoiding these lawsuits is to fully comply with the ADA.

I strongly recommend that all business owners and commercial landlords obtain bi-annual CASP reports. If you don’t already know, CASP reports are accessibility surveys performed by state-licensed inspectors. A good CASP report will highlight any accessibility deficiencies. Without this knowledge, a business owner or landlord really has no roadmap to ADA compliance.

Always Start Working on the Outside

It is no secret that a vast majority of ADA lawsuits are filed over the lack of accessible parking. Why is that? Because a plaintiff can see the lack of ADA parking from outer space on Google Maps! The lack of ADA parking leaves businesses vulnerable to drive-by ADA lawsuits. Why make it so easy for these professional plaintiffs?

Don’t forget about required ADA parking signage. It is not sufficient to have the correct ADA parking spaces striped. People like Scott Johnson commonly file lawsuits over incorrect signage, slopes, and paths of travel.

Have you been served with an ADA lawsuit? Call my office today at (916) 333-2222 to discuss your options.