Posted 4/17/12 by Common Good
The front page of today’s New York Times features a story on the Americans with Disabilities Act in New York City. Lawyers, trying to create fee opportunities, scan small businesses for code violations. Once a violation is discovered, the lawyers then seek out a disabled person to serve as plaintiff. Most cases are settled without advancing to trial. The plaintiff typically receives $500 while the lawyer can win thousands of dollars in fees.
The Times reports that one plaintiff alone has filed 143 suits, as many as nine per day.Comment ›