Thursday, July 17, 2008

Chinatown Shakedown.

This is a post regarding something on the Chinese television news, but the link gives an idea of the context. As I understand it, some lawyer has hired disabled people to visit various little mom & pop establishments looking for non-compliance with the ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act. Once a target is found, the disabled person gets a fee and the lawyer files a suit against the small business - generally resulting in $10,000 to $20,000 in legal fees incurred by the small business plus whatever is needed to make an ancient building comply with the latest ADA regulations. The news report said something like 1,500 small businesses have been hit. A bit of advanced calculus and guestimating gives a cost on the order of $100 million or more for all this.

1 comment:

Delirious said...

That's San Francisco for you...