(Albany, NY) – The iconic restaurant featured in many Seinfeld episodes was recently sued for over $30,000 under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Today, the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York is warning that this case is just the beginning of a flood of ADA litigation targeting New York businesses, similar to the billion-dollar ADA lawsuit industry currently bilking thousands of California businesses.
“This drive-by serial litigation that we see with ADA lawsuit abuse is despicable, often forcing small businesses to close their doors,” said Tom Stebbins, Executive Director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York. Stebbins cited a recent case in Brooklyn where a personal injury lawyer sued a restaurant for a non-compliant bathroom, even though the restaurant had no bathroom at all. The lawyer could not even produce his client – evidence, says Stebbins, that these lawsuits are designed to benefit trial lawyers, not the person with a disability.