Lawsuits can be an important tool in compelling businesses to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. But these lawsuits should be aimed at helping the disabled and not just their attorneys. An article in the Sunday Eagle reported that a disabled woman in Winfield has filed 176 lawsuits against businesses in multiple states. The woman told The Eagle that she is motivated by a desire to help others who are disabled and that she receives no money from the lawsuits. However, federal law allows her Pennsylvania-based attorney to be reimbursed for fees and expenses – which can run $5,000 to $10,000 per case. It would be unfortunate if an excess or misuse of lawsuits led Congress to severely limit this enforcement tool. – Phillip Brownlee
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