International Council of Shopping Centers Supports the ADA Reform Act of 2017
January 24, 2017
Dear Representatives Poe, Peters, Calvert, Speier, Conaway, and Bera,
On behalf of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), I express my strong support for H.R. 620, “The ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017.” Thank you for your leadership on this bipartisan and narrowly tailored legislation that will ensure that the intent of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is not only preserved, but enhanced.
ICSC members take pride in ensuring that retail properties are open and accessible to all. This critical legislation will provide improved access to public accommodations for the disability community while simultaneously preventing well-meaning business owners from falling victim to “drive-by” lawsuits – the practice of identifying technical, easily correctable violations to extract a settlement consisting principally of attorneys’ fees.
By taking away incentives for legal fees and first providing property owners with the opportunity to correct alleged, sometimes minor ADA infractions, Congress will help ensure that resources are focused on improving access and facilities. Often without the resources to contest the suit or even verify the standing of the complainant, thousands of businesses are left paying significant settlements consisting mainly of attorney’s fees. Once the litigating party gets its payout, it moves on to the next property.
H.R.620, The ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017, will ensure that resources are focused on improving access while protecting business from abusive lawsuits. Thank you for your leadership and we look forward to working with you in the future.