The average number of complaints filed (demand letters/state-federal cases) rose from 190 per month from Sep 2012 – Dec 2013 to 257 per month from Jan – Oct 2014. Federal cases rose from 21% of the total complaints from Sep 2012 – Dec 2013 to 46% from Jan – Oct 2014.
The chart at right shows the number of complaints filed versus the number of demand letters in the first 10 months of 2014 (the latest data available). Note that attempts at resolving complaints without litigation is less than 10% of all reported cases.
This is why our courts are clogged with excessive lawsuits. The law does not require dialogue and a chance for resolution before the litigation commences. The overwhelming number of these cases can easily be solved with providing an opportunity for the fix to be made before everyone is dragged into court.
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Some lawyers are currently abusing the legal system to enrich themselves at the expense of small businesses or small property owners. Without giving any prior notice, they file frivolous lawsuits claiming technical violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and demand large attorney fees claims as “damages.” The way the law is currently written, if a person tries to fight the lawsuit, the attorney fees would only increase.
We can solve ADA access problems without unnecessary lawsuits and unnecessary attorney fees. Let's preserve access without enriching lawyers. Let's work together!
Let's Fix It Without Lawyers
Complaints Filed in State/Federal Court and Demand Letters for the Period January – October 2014