|Posted below are some of the tens of thousands of ADA/accessibility lawsuits filed in both State and Federal courts throghout California in just the past few years; California is believed to have received 40% of more of the ADA/accessibility lawsuits filed throughout the United States. Because these cases are not consistently tracked by the courts, it can be difficult to identify all such claims, but the lists below appear to be understated; while there are a small number of duplicate and/or inapplicable entries, the lists below do not include a large number of claims which do not turn up in standardized searches. Additionally, some private search resources are known to omit a significant number of relevant records. The most recent searches done were performed in mid-February 2012.
So how many ADA/accessibility lawsuits have been filed in California? It depends on how, and what, you count. The Case Type 446 cases listed below are probably those which most closely approach what most people think of when they think of ADA/accessibility lawsuits. The Case Type 440 and 443 cases listed below include some cases against municipalities, schools, prisons, etc.-- but of course we all pay for those claims as well. While there is no question that hundreds of cases which should be included in these searches have not been (for a number of reasons discussed above), it seems reasable to conclude that there have been between 25,139 and 34,763 ADA/accessibility lawsuits filed throughout California in just the past few years; of course, the foregoing would not include the many hundreds of demand letters (which are not tracked or regulated by the courts or any official agency) which have resulted in significant financial settements.
Thousands of these lawsuits have been filed, and settled without ever paying the court filing fees, even though milliions of dollars have been made by the claimants in those cases; countless cases have resulted in no change whatsoever being made at the properties in question. As court cutbacks and state budget deficits mount, too many defendants in these lawsuits are closing their businesses, laying off workers or filing for bankruptcy. While disabled accessibilty is important and long overdue, many other countries and cultures have achieved commendable progress without the wasteful litigation byproduct only the profiteers claim is necessary.