House OKs restrictions on disabled-access lawsuits against businesses

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Sun

House lawmakers voted 38-20 Thursday to curb the ability of the disabled and their advocates to sue businesses for violations of laws requiring accessibility.

SB 1406 is designed to end what has become a cottage industry of litigation as a small group of attorneys has filed suits against businesses over violations but then agrees to settle for some cash payment, whether or not the problem is fixed.

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There were so many lawsuits pending at one point that Attorney General Mark Brnovich interceded and convinced a judge to consolidate them, eventually getting them thrown out. SB 1406 is designed to deal with future litigation.

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