Judge Halts More Than 1,000 ADA Lawsuits

By Al Macias
Published: Friday, September 23, 2016 - 6:56pm
(Photo by Mariana Dale-KJZZ)
An accessible parking space.

A judge Friday halted more than a thousand lawsuits filed by a group described as a serial litigator by the Arizona Attorney General’s office. Mark Brnovich's office asked the court to consolidate the cases that have been filed by the group.

Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities (AID) has filed 1,106 suits against local businesses claiming violations of the Americans with a Disabilities Act.

The court also barred AID from filing any new complaints that make similar claims.

The Attorney General’s Office says Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities is a serial litigator engaged in trolling litigation tactics aimed at producing profitable out-of-court settlements.

The group has said all settlement money helps fund wheelchairs and other gifts for people with disabilities.

The Attorney General’s office said it intends to file a motion seeking dismissal of all consolidated cases and will also seek sanctions against the AID group and its attorneys.