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Important Articles:

"SCOTT ROTHSTEIN'S EX-LAW PARTNER GOES FROM LAS OLAS FIRM TO DISABILITY SUITS "

Sun-Sentinel.com ; Ft. Lauderdale, FL.; August 4, 2011; Peter Franceschina

 

"A COST TOO STEEP "

Richmond Magazine ; Richmond, Va.; April 5, 2010; Chris Dovi

 

"DISABILITY LAWS: EASY TO ABUSE THE SYSTEM?"

ABC-7 ; Naples, Fla.; July 10, 2008; Katie LaGrone

 

" HIS CRUSADE: ACCESSIBILITY FOR THE DISABLED"

St. Petersburg Times ; Saint Petersburg, Fla.; Feb 11, 2008; Scott Barancik

 

"BUSINESSES COMPLAIN OF NUICANCE SUITS "

Fox News ; Coral Springs, Fla.; Nov 26, 2006; Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press Writer

 

"CHAMBER TO OFFER HELP"

Largo Leader ; Seminole, Fla.; Mar 2, 2005

 

"THE ADA SHAKEDOWN RACKET"

City Journal ; Winter 2004 ; Walter Olson

 

`IT'S A BIG SCAM . . . LEGAL EXTORTION' FORMER MANAGER OF RESTAURANT SAYS HE WAS SHOCKED BY LAWSUIT.

South Florida Sun - Sentinel; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Aug 26, 2001; Bob LaMendola, Shannon O'Boye and Sally Kestin Staff Writers; (Copyright 2001 by the Sun-Sentinel)


Thomas Saladino was shocked when his former employer was sued by a man in a wheelchair who called the Italian restaurant inaccessible.

The lawsuit filed in September portrayed Zuckerello's as an obstacle course for the disabled. No parking spaces. Barriers at the entrance. Counter too high. Restroom too small for a wheelchair. No restroom grab bars. Improper faucet handles. Toilet, soap dispenser, towel dispenser -- all too high... (continue)


Sued: Chris Gaba, owner of Central Bark in Oakland Park, had to install a parking space for disabled drivers.
(Sun-Sentinel/Lou Toman)

Copyright © 2001, South Florida Sun-Sentinel


Lawsuits push enforcement of ADA, but some call them legal rip-offs
By Shannon O’Boye, Sally Kestin and Bob LaMendola
Sun-Sentinel

August 26, 2001

In little more than a year, one man in a wheelchair and his two attorneys have filed almost 200 federal lawsuits against businesses from Pompano Beach to Homestead, alleging violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

They’ve sued strip clubs, office buildings, restaurants and car dealers, generally using identical wording to accuse business owners of failing to make parking, restrooms and entrances accessible to the disabled. The attorneys have collected thousands of dollars in legal fees... (continue)










Peter Kourkoumelis made $500 in changes to settle a suit against his Peter Pan Diner. Then he paid $3,500 to the plaintiff’s attorneys. Here, he shows where he lowered the handrails in the bathroom by two inches.

(Sun-Sentinel/Robert Azmitia)
Copyright © 2001, South Florida Sun- Sentinel



(Sun-Sentinel/Robert Azmitia)
Copyright © 2001
South Florida Sun-Sentinel


Thomas Saladino, a paraplegic, uses the entrance sidewalk and ramp at Zuckerello’s. He is on leave as manager of the Fort Lauderdale pizza restaurant to care for an ill relative. Saladino was working at the restaurant when it was sued by activists who charged it was not accessible to the disabled.

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