AG reaches settlement with group accused of filing frivolous suits

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By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Servces via Arizona Capitol Times

A deal between the Attorney General’s Office and a group advocating for the disabled will keep them from filing new lawsuits against Arizona businesses — at least in state court.

But an attorney who was involved in filing those lawsuits says this victory being claimed for businesses is a setback for those who the Arizonans with Disabilities Act is supposed to protect.

The agreement, awaiting approval from Maricopa County Superior Court Judge David Talmante bars Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities from bringing new legal actions charging businesses with violating laws which require businesses to make certain accommodations for the handicapped. The group also will pay $25,000 to the Attorney General’s Office to be used to educate businesses about their obligations under the law and help create a fund for firms that don’t have the money to make immediate fixes.

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