The Verdict: Can Plaintiffs Make Money from ADA Lawsuits?

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The Verdict: Can Plaintiffs Make Money from ADA Lawsuits?

By Michael Franz

Published July 14, 2020

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law in 1990 to prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities. The ADA ensures that people with disabilities have equal access in many areas including employment, education, and public accommodations.

Under Title III of the ADA, people with disabilities can sue places of public accommodation for denying equal access. The lawsuits can be filed in federal court. Similarly, investigations into ADA violations can be initiated through a complaint with the Department of Justice. In recent years, some plaintiffs and their attorneys have come under scrutiny for seemingly lining their pockets by abusing the system that was designed to protect people with disabilities. How much of this perception is actually true?

Under the ADA, plaintiffs who sue for violations may not collect monetary damages. The law allows for remedies of the violations through court orders, and for plaintiffs to recover legal fees that result from the lawsuit. In ADA lawsuits [...]

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