Number of ADA lawsuits rises, causing concerns for small businesses

08/24/2010 | Tampa Tribune (Fla.), The

The number of lawsuits based on the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act is on the rise in Florida and across the country -- a 54% increase over a two-year period nationwide. But small-business owners say the litigation can hurt them financially, and some questions whether lawsuits are the best way to bring about change. "We call them drive-by lawsuits, quite honestly, because we're not convinced they're making the community more inclusive regarding the ADA," the executive director of one disability group said.

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