News Update – August 5

Industry News for August 5, 2016

Americans with Disabilities Act Lawsuits

Some Arizona convenience store owners are being contacted by plaintiff’s attorneys and told that their store does not meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.  They are being offered a choice – pay up or fight a lawsuit.  Federal legislative changes are needed to change this practice.

In 2010, the Department of Justice published final regulations that implement changes to the ADA.  The final action set in motion nearly 1,000 new standards, and approximately 450 of them impact convenience stores.

Last month, the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee passed HR 3765 – The ADA Education and Reform Act.  This bill would prohibit sending demand letters or other pre-suit notifications alleging a violation of ADA public accommodation requirements if the notification does not specify the circumstances under which an individual was actually denied access, among other changes.

PMAA supports this legislation. 

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