Legal Newsline: Fla. Man Continues to File ADA Lawsuits in N.Y. Federal Court; Group Says Suits Are ‘Abuse,’ ‘Shakedowns’

Legal Newsline published an article focusing on the growing abuse of the American with Disabilities Act against New York’s small businesses.

An excerpt:

“A Florida man has filed more than 50 lawsuits over alleged federal disability law violations in a New York federal court since October 2014, five of which have been filed against small businesses so far this month.

The litigant, Palm Beach County resident Lawrence Feltzin, has filed his cases in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Restaurants and bars are among some of the defendants.”

The article also included a quote from LRANY’s Tom Stebbins:

“‘These serial, drive-by lawsuits have nothing to do with ensuring access for New Yorkers and everything to do with greedy lawyers taking advantage of the disabled,’ Tom Stebbins, executive director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York, told Legal Newsline. ‘They are abusing the law to shake-down and extort small businesses.

‘The ADA was written to protect the rights of the disabled, not enrich trial lawyers who seek to profit from them.'”

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