Floor Speech, as delivered by Congressman Ted Poe.
Mr. Speaker, Original Pizza in Broomfield, Colorado, has been in business since the 1990s. Now they are being sued.
The plaintiff claims they do not have ADA-accessible parking signage or proper insulation wrapped around the pipes under the restroom sink. The claims waged against Original Pizza are mostly false.
The sink is compliant, and the parking issue could be fixed with a better sign and a bit of paint. Not to mention, Original Pizza was never notified of the alleged violations by the plaintiff.
Now the plaintiff is demanding money to pay or a lawsuit will be filed. The same plaintiff has filed over 70 other lawsuits against businesses for alleged ADA violations.
Plaintiffs and attorneys hope companies will decide to settle rather than face an expensive court trial. The ADA Education and Reform Act will require giving businesses notice and time to fix the alleged infraction before the lawsuit is filed.
Notice and cure are a fair way to handle ADA violations.