Author Archives: William Adams

About William Adams

Attorney at Norton, Moore, & Adams, LLP.

Trends in ADA Litigation: Three Ways Access Lawsuits are Becoming More Predatory

Disabled access lawsuits have long had a predatory aspect to them. A large percentage of the suits target properties that pre-date the enactment of access laws.  These properties were largely exempted from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and California … Continue reading

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Are Apartments and other Rental Properties Vulnerable ADA access lawsuits?

While the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and California’s similar disability discrimination laws have broad applicability, the vast majority of lawsuits allege “access barriers” in “public accommodations.”  The reason these access lawsuits  far outnumber other ADA lawsuits (e.g., employment or … Continue reading

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Gov. Brown Signs Highly Touted Disability Lawsuit Reform Bill but is it Overrated?

On September 19, 2012, California Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 1186 by Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and state Sen. Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga), which was designed to deter abusive tactics in disabled access discrimination lawsuits.  The bill has been touted as having the … Continue reading

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Cal. Supreme Court Rules Prevailing Civil Rights Plaintiff May Be Denied Attorney Fees Under CCP 1033

On January 14, 2010, the California Supreme Court issued its opinion in Chavez v. City of LA.  While this was a Fair Employment and Housing Act case (FEHA), it could help to deter over-reaching by plaintiffs in California disabled access … Continue reading

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Chavez v. City of LA

Chavez v. City of LA was argued before the Cal. Supreme Court in San Francisco on Nov. 4, 2009.  My source tells me that it appeared to go well for the City of LA.    The issue in the case is … Continue reading

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