Aug 10, 2017

Florida Law Seeks to Curb Abusive ADA Drive-By Lawsuits

Handicap Sign: Accesibility

Effective July 1, 2017, Florida House Bill 727, codified as Florida Statute Section 553.5141, is a pioneering effort by the state of Florida to encourage compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) while providing courts with the ability to reject the attorney’s fees and costs awards provided for in the ADA.  The law takes aim at the high volume of lawsuits initiated by unscrupulous plaintiffs and lawyers with the primary intent of generating attorney’s fees and profits rather than improving the accessibility of public facilities. The law allows the property owner to request that a qualified expert inspect a… Read more