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Bill would crack down on disability act lawsuits

12:50 PM, Sep 1, 2012   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) - California businesses trying to comply with federal protections for people with disabilities will be shielded from frivolous lawsuits if a bill heading to Gov. Jerry Brown becomes law.

Lawmakers in both houses passed a bill early Saturday morning taking aim at predatory lawsuits related to the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

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SB1186 by Democratic Senate leader Darrell Steinberg and Republican Sen. Bob Dutton would ban so-called "demand letters" in which lawyers threaten to sue over a violation unless a business pays a set amount.

It also would require attorneys to give businesses notice before filing a lawsuit.

Some disability rights groups were opposed because it could reduce damages from businesses that do not take steps to correct violations.

The Associated Press

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