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(News 10 ABC Sacramento)   Karma's a biatch to a lawyer who sued more than 2,100 businesses for ADA compliance issues   (news10.net) divider line 88
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2012-10-03 03:06:48 AM  
This is the guy who shut down Ford's Real Hamburgers. Sounds like a real class act.
 
2012-10-03 03:06:54 AM  
I think he was the guy who went after a bunch of places in Julian and Alpine in SoCal. From what I heard, this sounds about right.
 
2012-10-03 03:08:39 AM  

davidphogan: I think he was the guy who went after a bunch of places in Julian and Alpine in SoCal. From what I heard, this sounds about right.


I thought that was a different guy. I did hear that the SoCal guy got disbarred though.

/for filing lawsuits on behalf of a client without telling her, IIRC.
 
2012-10-03 03:38:13 AM  
"The former legal assistants also offer insight into allegations that contrary to his claims, Johnson never personally visited many of the businesses he has sued under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

The women said they would accompany Johnson in his van for "field work" during which he would send them into a business as customers to look for ADA violations.

"He would call such actions a visit to the property even if he never left the van," the lawsuit claims.

The women said they were uncomfortable going into a business under a ruse and felt as though they were committing fraud, but said they were paid a bonus for the field work."


If this is true, any speculation on whether it is illegal, or unethical, or something that should have this guy disbarred?
 
2012-10-03 03:52:31 AM  
Instant Karma....
 
2012-10-03 03:53:32 AM  
Wait, wait ... this must be one of those 99 percent of personal injury attorneys who give the remaining 1 percent a bad name.
 
2012-10-03 03:53:43 AM  
What goes around comes around....
 
2012-10-03 03:57:20 AM  
Not so instant as he has been at for a while. Sort of the local boogie man out here. He is a shiat bag, but on the plus side he and people like him are all that is out there that will make owners of buildings even think of providing access to their buildings. The whole system of having ADA enforced by lawsuits was such a horrible idea from day one.
 
2012-10-03 03:58:39 AM  
"... also forced to put lotion on Johnson" ~2:35

News 10 is doing it right.
 
2012-10-03 03:59:56 AM  
Didn't someone mention that he averaged $5,000 per settlement, I.e. to drop the lawsuit?

At 2,000 cases, that comes to....$10 farking million.

/scumbag
 
2012-10-03 04:01:25 AM  
I disagree with disability acts. People abuse them as badly as wellfair. Even I am a cripple. Thats right a "cripple" No bubblegum BS sbout it, get over your PC crap. I dont use Handicapped spaces; I dont collect from the government.
 
2012-10-03 04:03:10 AM  

BLEMDAR: I disagree with disability acts. People abuse them as badly as wellfair. Even I am a cripple. Thats right a "cripple" No bubblegum BS sbout it, get over your PC crap. I dont use Handicapped spaces; I dont collect from the government.


So public buildings should be allowed to forego installing elevators because of some asshat?
 
2012-10-03 04:05:36 AM  

themindiswatching: BLEMDAR: I disagree with disability acts. People abuse them as badly as wellfair. Even I am a cripple. Thats right a "cripple" No bubblegum BS sbout it, get over your PC crap. I dont use Handicapped spaces; I dont collect from the government.

So public buildings should be allowed to forego installing elevators because of some asshat?


Old people aren't technically crippled - but they still prefer going up and down without excerting themselves, if you know what I mean.
 
2012-10-03 04:06:39 AM  

themindiswatching: davidphogan: I think he was the guy who went after a bunch of places in Julian and Alpine in SoCal. From what I heard, this sounds about right.

I thought that was a different guy. I did hear that the SoCal guy got disbarred though.

/for filing lawsuits on behalf of a client without telling her, IIRC.


I think it was a different guy, too. Something like "Trever (Trebber?) Law Group".
 
2012-10-03 04:07:06 AM  
I know a lot of good hearted, hardworking attorneys who are involved in civil rights legislation. People who represent those who were wronged in SERIOUS ways, and who get paid crap money to do it.

This bottom feeder was one reason why good attorney's and well meaning businessmen suffer. I remember reading about his antics. Pissed me right the hell off. I hope he catches hell for this.

Yeah, yeah, lawyers suck (insert jawyer jokes here) and businessmen are scumbags (insert G.Carlin rant here), but we're not all bad. Some of us are actually good people who use the law to help others who really need it. Hell, I could probably be in an office twice as large and driving a Benz instead of an old Toyota if I wanted to milk my clients and the system like some of these cocksuckers.

/feels nice to be at peace with my conscience and sleep like a baby at night, though.
 
2012-10-03 04:08:00 AM  

CAPTIAN SLAPPY: The whole system of having ADA enforced by lawsuits was such a horrible idea from day one.


I guess ideally it would result in some sort of suspension of their business license until the issue is fixed, kind of like the health depts. and eateries?
 
2012-10-03 04:09:44 AM  

BLEMDAR: I disagree with disability acts. People abuse them as badly as wellfair. Even I am a cripple. Thats right a "cripple" No bubblegum BS sbout it, get over your PC crap. I dont use Handicapped spaces; I dont collect from the government.


Wellfair? I love it too.
 
2012-10-03 04:11:03 AM  

themindiswatching: BLEMDAR: I disagree with disability acts. People abuse them as badly as wellfair. Even I am a cripple. Thats right a "cripple" No bubblegum BS sbout it, get over your PC crap. I dont use Handicapped spaces; I dont collect from the government.

So public buildings should be allowed to forego installing elevators because of some asshat?


elevators would be installed for the "Lazy" (i.e. ME) and just about any one who fights a a parking spot that isnt 10 feet from it.
 
2012-10-03 04:13:07 AM  

starsrift: CAPTIAN SLAPPY: The whole system of having ADA enforced by lawsuits was such a horrible idea from day one.

I guess ideally it would result in some sort of suspension of their business license until the issue is fixed, kind of like the health depts. and eateries?


Was there anyway to make it an incentive not a punishment? Or at least neutral?

Something like "Costs directly involved in bringing your facility up to code will be applied to property taxes".
 
2012-10-03 04:13:58 AM  
Better call Saul Johnson...
 
2012-10-03 04:17:03 AM  
Here is the reason that people like this guy are allowed to keep extorting money from people. And extortion is all it is. A local building department had me put this in bold on the face of a set of plans
"The City of Grass Valley Building Division does not review or approve plans for ADA compliance. ADA (the Americans with disability act) is civil rights legislation enacted by congress in 1991 and is not a building code; it is the owners responsibility for compliance."
All of that is true, however, the only way that non-compliance is noted is when the owner get sued. If there is a problem that the owner can pin on someone else then the third part gets sued in turn by the owner (architect and or contractor).
The real issue here is that most of these cases get settled before they go to court. So: scum bag attorney gets paid, lawsuit goes away and the problem is still not fixed. There are few allowances in the code that excuse existing buildings and even if you have a signed exemption from the local jurisdiction the owner can still be sued and lose.
 
2012-10-03 04:19:38 AM  

BLEMDAR: themindiswatching: BLEMDAR: I disagree with disability acts. People abuse them as badly as wellfair. Even I am a cripple. Thats right a "cripple" No bubblegum BS sbout it, get over your PC crap. I dont use Handicapped spaces; I dont collect from the government.

So public buildings should be allowed to forego installing elevators because of some asshat?

elevators would be installed for the "Lazy" (i.e. ME) and just about any one who fights a a parking spot that isnt 10 feet from it.


My workplace is on the second floor and one of my co-workers needs a wheelchair to get around (she's partially paralyzed). If it weren't for the elevator in our building she wouldn't be able to do her job. Would you rather she sat home and collected money from the government instead of working? Because that's what would happen if she was denied access.
 
2012-10-03 04:22:08 AM  
Thank you CAPTIAN SLAPPY. Exactly my point. government BS gone way too left.


//Registered Democrat that hate both sides at the moment.
 
2012-10-03 04:25:57 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: BLEMDAR: themindiswatching: BLEMDAR: I disagree with disability acts. People abuse them as badly as wellfair. Even I am a cripple. Thats right a "cripple" No bubblegum BS sbout it, get over your PC crap. I dont use Handicapped spaces; I dont collect from the government.

So public buildings should be allowed to forego installing elevators because of some asshat?

elevators would be installed for the "Lazy" (i.e. ME) and just about any one who fights a a parking spot that isnt 10 feet from it.

My workplace is on the second floor and one of my co-workers needs a wheelchair to get around (she's partially paralyzed). If it weren't for the elevator in our building she wouldn't be able to do her job. Would you rather she sat home and collected money from the government instead of working? Because that's what would happen if she was denied access.


That is an excellent reminder of the purpose of ADA: Allow more people to be able to provide for themselves, and be less dependent on others.
 
2012-10-03 04:26:00 AM  

CAPTIAN SLAPPY: Here is the reason that people like this guy are allowed to keep extorting money from people. And extortion is all it is. A local building department had me put this in bold on the face of a set of plans


Sounds like this can be fixed by fixing the ADA. Of course, the current GOP would repeal it altogether if they could get it past Congress and onto a hypothetical President Romney's desk.
 
2012-10-03 04:27:48 AM  

BLEMDAR: Thank you CAPTIAN SLAPPY. Exactly my point. government BS gone way too left.


//Registered Democrat that hate both sides at the moment.


I don't see how that could legitimately be construed as a "lefty" position.
 
2012-10-03 04:27:50 AM  
BLEMDAR- couldn't agree more. But it sure is paying my bills right now. I would really rather be designing something other than curb cut ramps and handrails for stairs
 
2012-10-03 04:29:14 AM  
wheel chair is different than a chain smoking COPD patient that can walk and act like a normal person, without an oxygen tank. she also smoked constantly. i dont know how much.But personal responsibility NEEDS to be a factor in some cases.
 
2012-10-03 04:32:10 AM  

Enigmamf: That is an excellent reminder of the purpose of ADA: Allow more people to be able to provide for themselves, and be less dependent on others.


I'm glad someone on this thread gets it.
 
2012-10-03 04:35:59 AM  

BLEMDAR: I disagree with disability acts. People abuse them as badly as wellfair. Even I am a cripple. Thats right a "cripple" No bubblegum BS sbout it, get over your PC crap. I dont use Handicapped spaces; I dont collect from the government.


You're very bootstrappy, even though in spite of pulling yourself up by them you'd still fall down because you can't walk anyway.

/how's that for being un-pc?
 
2012-10-03 04:37:56 AM  
If that guy wasn't already in a chair, I know plenty of people who would love to put him in one, gratis. He's a massive, predatory, opportunistic POS. People should lock their business doors if they see him coming. I suppose that wouldn't help if he sent in one of his forced fondlers/legal assistants, but if it's him, definitely lock that door.
 
2012-10-03 04:38:29 AM  

nucular bum: BLEMDAR: I disagree with disability acts. People abuse them as badly as wellfair. Even I am a cripple. Thats right a "cripple" No bubblegum BS sbout it, get over your PC crap. I dont use Handicapped spaces; I dont collect from the government.

You're very bootstrappy, even though in spite of pulling yourself up by them you'd still fall down because you can't walk anyway.

/how's that for being un-pc?


Funny as hell. I fell over while trying to get them up this mourning. But I can walk...sorta.
 
2012-10-03 04:44:15 AM  
So, douchey creep or creepy douche? This is why people walk around quoting Shakespeare's Henry VI.
 
2012-10-03 04:46:06 AM  

themindiswatching: CAPTIAN SLAPPY: Here is the reason that people like this guy are allowed to keep extorting money from people. And extortion is all it is. A local building department had me put this in bold on the face of a set of plans

Sounds like this can be fixed by fixing the ADA. Of course, the current GOP would repeal it altogether if they could get it past Congress and onto a hypothetical President Romney's desk.


Good work, comrade! Keep up the attacks on Romney, because there is no plausible defense for Obama's last four years!

\\yeah, feeding the trolls
 
2012-10-03 04:46:54 AM  

BLEMDAR: nucular bum: BLEMDAR: I disagree with disability acts. People abuse them as badly as wellfair. Even I am a cripple. Thats right a "cripple" No bubblegum BS sbout it, get over your PC crap. I dont use Handicapped spaces; I dont collect from the government.

You're very bootstrappy, even though in spite of pulling yourself up by them you'd still fall down because you can't walk anyway.

/how's that for being un-pc?

Funny as hell. I fell over while trying to get them up this mourning. But I can walk...sorta.


Still mourning over your lost mobility?

With regard the case, what's wrong with a man only hiring attractive young women to handle him naked? If I had to have people wash me I too would rather they were attractive young women... I shouldn't be forced to hire ugly old moustachioed women if I don't want to.

If it turns out he's capable of washing himself and he just wants them to fondle him then fine, sue him, but I think he's just making the best of a bad situation.
 
2012-10-03 04:51:42 AM  
if only I new how to spell....


wait ... wait "knew how to spell"

sorry, my bad, my bad.
 
2012-10-03 04:53:34 AM  

BLEMDAR: nucular bum: BLEMDAR: I disagree with disability acts. People abuse them as badly as wellfair. Even I am a cripple. Thats right a "cripple" No bubblegum BS sbout it, get over your PC crap. I dont use Handicapped spaces; I dont collect from the government.

You're very bootstrappy, even though in spite of pulling yourself up by them you'd still fall down because you can't walk anyway.

/how's that for being un-pc?

Funny as hell. I fell over while trying to get them up this mourning. But I can walk...sorta.


Then we cool, right?

Personally, I'm by and large in favor of the ADA, in spirit at least. If I were a wheelchair user, I'd rail against architectural barriers and be grateful for places I could roll on into and patronize just like everyone else. I wouldn't insist that every single bathroom be accessible, unlike Gary Johnson, (soon-to-no-longer-be) Esq. A shyster's a shyster regardless of ability to walk... or lack thereof.

/beyond the disability, a.b.'s and crips are pretty much the same
 
2012-10-03 04:53:36 AM  
He's not handicapped, he's handi-creepable!

/randy-capable?
//but seriously, what a creepy p.o's.
 
2012-10-03 04:57:20 AM  
"It rubs the lotion on my skin. It does this whenever it's told, or else it gets shiatcanned."

/window seat, please
 
2012-10-03 04:57:24 AM  

nucular bum: BLEMDAR: nucular bum: BLEMDAR: I disagree with disability acts. People abuse them as badly as wellfair. Even I am a cripple. Thats right a "cripple" No bubblegum BS sbout it, get over your PC crap. I dont use Handicapped spaces; I dont collect from the government.

You're very bootstrappy, even though in spite of pulling yourself up by them you'd still fall down because you can't walk anyway.

/how's that for being un-pc?

Funny as hell. I fell over while trying to get them up this mourning. But I can walk...sorta.

Then we cool, right?

Personally, I'm by and large in favor of the ADA, in spirit at least. If I were a wheelchair user, I'd rail against architectural barriers and be grateful for places I could roll on into and patronize just like everyone else. I wouldn't insist that every single bathroom be accessible, unlike Gary Johnson, (soon-to-no-longer-be) Esq. A shyster's a shyster regardless of ability to walk... or lack thereof.

/beyond the disability, a.b.'s and crips are pretty much the same


Says the guy with NO disability.
 
2012-10-03 04:58:34 AM  
I hope this piece of shiat dies old, alone and in pain.
 
2012-10-03 05:00:02 AM  
JK we're cool
 
2012-10-03 05:06:09 AM  

RoyBatty: starsrift: CAPTIAN SLAPPY: The whole system of having ADA enforced by lawsuits was such a horrible idea from day one.

I guess ideally it would result in some sort of suspension of their business license until the issue is fixed, kind of like the health depts. and eateries?

Was there anyway to make it an incentive not a punishment? Or at least neutral?

Something like "Costs directly involved in bringing your facility up to code will be applied to property taxes".


Seems a lot like passing the buck to the general public. Hmm. Tricky.
 
2012-10-03 05:15:18 AM  
" Here, smell my finger........pencil shavings....my secretary dosent even have pencil sharpener; let one a pencil." Hardee dee harr harr.
 
2012-10-03 05:18:23 AM  
So the guy who's made a career out of drawing attention to himself gets sued for...drawing attention to himself.

Works for me.
 
2012-10-03 05:29:37 AM  
after all the suffering he put honest people through, I hope his lawsuit goes well.

by going well, I hope its all true and the scumbag finally get what he deserves.
 
2012-10-03 05:35:22 AM  

starsrift: Seems a lot like passing the buck to the general public. Hmm. Tricky.


It is!

But it would presumably be for buildings and facilities built before passage of the ADA, and it would be for the public good of making these accessible to the disabled.

It works to eliminate the problem of old facilities and it gives owners an incentive, or at least doesn't punish them for complying.

There are all sorts of variations on that scheme: The ADA could have passed and facilities that came up to speed quickly got up to a 10% rebate, facilities that took longer got a revenue neutral credit, facilities that took more than 10 years got nothing.

The point is to encourage people to make their facilities compliant and to take away the incentives for lawyers to sue like this guy did.
 
2012-10-03 05:37:05 AM  
Yet another failed use of the IRONIC tag, since this blackmailing scumbag wasn't sued for an ADA
violation.
 
2012-10-03 05:38:31 AM  

RoyBatty: Something like "Costs directly involved in bringing your facility up to code will be applied to property taxes".


Calling spending programs "tax breaks" is terrible plan. It's that kind of ridiculous obfuscation that makes the existing tax code so complicated. If we want the government to subsidize handicap access we should create a program that sends out checks to people who spend money on handicap access. Direct payments provide for more transparency in government, are economically indifferent to tax breaks, and vastly reduce the complication of tax legislation and budgeting, as well as tax forms and their processing both by the government and the taxed.

Also incentives are nice, but when it comes to fundamental access they're really not sufficient. I doubt you'd satisfied with saying "Well, there's subsidy program to encourage lunch counters to serve blacks -- that's all we can do". It may not be economically viable to provide wheelchair access for the 1 disabled customer a store has, even with government subsidies. But disabled people still need to eat so we need grocery stores to provide access or other accommodation anyway.

I do agree that resolving these cases with individual lawsuits is petty silly. It's unlikely to properly compensate the parties that have been wronged, may or may not actually resolve the issue, doesn't provide much leeway for minor/temporary infractions, and is open to abuse as documented in the article.
 
2012-10-03 05:47:05 AM  
Another article indicates it's not the ADA itself that's at fault:

According to one estimate, at least 42 percent of the nation's ADA-related lawsuits are brought in California, making this state ground zero for access filings. It's not hard to understand why. In most states, ADA plaintiffs are entitled only to injunctive relief - that is, having an access issue remedied - plus attorneys fees. But in California, access violations also run afoul of the state's [laws], which allow plaintiffs to tack [on] state claims for ... treble damages, with a minimum of $4,000 per occurrence, plus attorneys fees. ...

Still, only a very small group of practitioners - perhaps no more than 20 - generate the bulk of the filings.


Bottom line, he's an arsehole -- and so are the state legislators who won't fix this.
 
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