Sen. Feinstein Opposes Serial Disability-Access Litigation in California
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U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein says if California lawmakers don't act to clamp down on "predatory" disability access lawsuits she may author federal legislation to do just that.
In a March 8 letter to fellow Democrat and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Feinstein accused plaintiffs lawyers of coercing business owners into paying five-figure settlements by threatening potentially costlier lawsuits targeting minor violations under the state's access and civil rights laws.
"It appears these suits and demand letters are driven by a unique California law that, unlike the federal [Americans with Disabilities Act], permits the recovery of damages for noncompliance," Feinstein wrote. "As a result, I respectfully ask that you use your leadership position in the California State Senate to help advance legislation that will address this problem."