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.