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There has been a 36% increase in the number of lawsuits targeting Louisiana small businesses for minor violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

According to court data compiled by the nonprofit watchdog group Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch, the filing of disability-access complaints in Louisiana increased more than 36 percent between 2011 and 2016.

These lawsuits, described as Get Rich Quick for some trial lawyers, frequently target local and state governments, landowners, shopping centers and other small businesses, often involve serial plaintiffs and are often filed without giving notice to the business owners, who are forced to spend scarce resources on settlements or preparing a defense rather than addressing and repairing the violation and removing the barrier.

Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch and the Louisiana Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Businesses hosted an informational meeting for small businesses in Lafayette Wednesday.

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