Bill would protect landlords from vexatious litigants

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A bill proposed in the Assembly this year would help protect rental housing owners against baseless litigation filed under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Assemblyman Adam Gray

Under AB 913 by Assemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced, a court may prohibit extremely high-frequency litigants from filing ADA lawsuits without first determining that the litigation has merit and is not intended to harass the defendant.

Frivolous ADA lawsuits are common in California, with the rental housing industry routinely being targeted. It is estimated that more than 42 percent of all ADA lawsuits in the United States are filed in California.

The bill defines “extremely high-frequency litigants” as a plaintiffs who have filed 15 or more ADA lawsuits in the prior 12 months.

The California Apartment Association supports this legislation.

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  • Still, 15 lawsuits per year before you become too litigious? How about 2 lawsuits per year? Really. How many lawsuits are normal people filing per year? Probably .005 per year. At least, this is a move in the right direction.

  • I agree with John Davis. 15 lawsuits is TOO MANY. 2 or 3 in a year certainly shows a pattern. Before filing a lawsuit a person should be informed and given a chance to fix the problem.