Happy New Year! 2019 is going to be a great year, unless you are a small business owner or property owner in Sacramento or the bay area. Why is that? Because Scott Johnson is very likely to sue you in 2019 for ADA violations. The numbers don’t lie.

Scott Johnson is a very prolific filer of ADA lawsuits

As best as I can tell, Scott Johnson filed a total of 532 ADA lawsuits in federal courts throughout California in 2018. That is about 44 cases each and every month. Scott’s first lawsuit was filed January 1, 2018 and his last batch was filed on December 28, 2018. As you can see, the man and his attorneys are very, very frequent users of our court system.

Keep in mind the United States District Court charges a $400 court filing fee for each new lawsuit. That means that Scott Johnson paid around $212,800 in court filing fees alone in 2018. I wonder how the court system feels about Scott Johnson given his largess.

Don’t be an easy target for Scott Johnson or his attorneys

Regrettably, Scott Johnson and his attorneys at the Potter Handy (aka the Center for Disability Access) have no trouble finding new businesses to sue for ADA violations. It it not uncommon for me to discuss these cases with people that have no idea that they are out of compliance until they are targeted by one of these ADA lawsuit.

Don’t be an easy victim. If you are a small business owner or a property owner, one of your 2019 resolutions should be to schedule a CASp inspection. A professional ADA site survey will help identify any accessibility problems — and a good inspector will help you find creative ways to solve these problems. Remember, only full ADA compliance will keep you out of court.

Scott Johnson isn’t the only one filing these ADA cases

Scott Johnson is easy to hold out as a perfect example of our broken disability access laws. This is because he files so many lawsuits year in and year out. However, he is not the only one doing this. An entire cottage industry of professional ADA litigants has developed and there is no end in sight.

Our political leaders in Sacramento will not take meaningful steps to stop these abusive lawsuits. I strongly recommend that people targeted by drive-by ADA filers to contact their State Assmeblyperson and State Senator. Our political leaders need to hear from real people just how troubling ADA lawsuit abuse really is.

Have you been targeted by Scott Johnson, the Center For Disability Access, Potter Handy, or others? Please contact my office at (916) 333-2222 to discuss your options.

We are just over halfway through 2016. ADA lawsuits continue to be a massive problem for small business owners in California. I decided to take a look at how many ADA lawsuits Scott Johnson has filed so far this year. The number may surprise you.

Scott Johnson Sues All Over Northern California

Many people that Scott Johnson files numerous lawsuits in the Sacramento area. But recently Scott Johnson has been branching out.

From Manteca, Stockton, Modesto, and now even the Bay Area, Scott Johnson is getting around. Business owners in the Sacramento are are generally familiar with Scott Johnson and his modus operandi. But folks in the San Joaquin Valley and Bay Area are now just starting to get a taste of serial ADA litigation.

So Far This Year, Scott Johnson Has Filed 136 ADA Lawsuits

Looking at both the Eastern District of California and the Northern District of California, I can find 136 Scott Johnson ADA lawsuits. On average, that’s around 20 lawsuits each month.

Keep in mind that there are often multiple defendants in each of these ADA lawsuits. Scott Johnson will sue the business owner as well as the landlord. I can estimate that over 300 defendants have been sued by Scott Johnson over frivolous ADA claims this year so far.

Don’t Fall Victim

Business owners in California must be proactive about ADA compliance. Inspect your property along with a CASp inspector to ensure that your property meets the applicable standards. Complying fully with the ADA is the only realistic way to avoid ADA litigation. I can refer you to a qualified CASp ADA inspector if you cannot find one that fits your needs.

I represent business owners and landowners all over Northern California in ADA lawsuits. Please call my office at (916) 333-2222 to discuss your options if you are facing an ADA lawsuit.

How many people did you sue in November of this year? The answer is more than likely “zero.” However, prolific ADA plaintiff / attorney Scott Johnson has filed seven lawsuits just in this month alone.

These seven lawsuits were all filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. That is the federal court that covers the Sacramento area along with the central valley and other parts of Northern California.

As an ADA attorney in Sacramento, I watch the federal court docket quite closely for new ADA cases. My law firm likes to know who is doing what in the Sacramento courts, especially as it relates to ADA lawsuits.

Our data shows that most of these ADA lawsuits quickly settle. We can find one Scott Johnson case in the last three years that actually went to trial before a judge. Unfortunately the defendant in that case lost. The parties are now fighting over the amount of attorney’s fees that the defendant is required to pay the plaintiff’s lawyers — a decision is expected in January of 2016.

ADA litigation continues to be a problem for small business owners throughout the Sacramento area. I continue to advise all business and property owners to have their facilities inspected by a Certified Access Specialist (CASp) to determine what improvements, if any, are needed. A modest amount of money invested in prevention can save you a substantial amount when you compare with the costs of litigation.

Are you being sued for ADA access issues in Northern California? Please call my office at (916) 333-2222 to discuss your options. Don’t settle until you have talked to an attorney!

Scott Johnson, notorious abuser of the Americans with Disabilities Act, has filed over 60 lawsuits in Sacramento federal court so far this year.

While Scott Johnson is not the only person filing ADA lawsuits in California, he is certainly the most well-known in the Sacramento area. Having filed literally thousands of lawsuits over the years, he keeps the federal court system clogged with his copy-and-past complaints.

Although 60 lawsuits from January to August may sound like a lot, I get the sense that Scott Johnson has slowed down his filings over the summer. Nearly all of the 60 lawsuits were filed from January to March. Maybe Scott went on vacation or had a change of heart?

Not likely. Scott Johnson filed a small handful of lawsuits in June and July. So he clearly hasn’t seen religion and gave up his ways.

As I have written about extensively in the past, these ADA lawsuits can be ruinous for business owners in Sacramento. Attorney’s fees, expert inspection costs, and the ultimately extortion/settlement payments can add up quickly.

Some of my clients decide to fight back, while others make the business decision to just pay a settlement and move on. There is no right answer in terms of what to do after being served with lawsuit papers.

The most important thing to do is avoid being sued in the first place. There is no reason to be caught off-guard these days. I strongly recommend that you hire a CASp inspector to find out what, if anything, is wrong with your property so that you can make the appropriate repairs.

Don’t be a victim to these greedy ADA lawyers. Call me if you have any questions about what to do before or after an ADA lawsuit. My number is (916) 333-2222.