In early December 2016, Anderson Cooper, in his role as a 60 Minutes correspondent on CBS, reported on the deluge of access-to-public-accommodations cases being filed in the courts under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title III. Literally thousands of cases had been filed, with very similar pleadings and very similar settlement demands, by plaintiffs and lawyers lured by the prospect of a “guaranteed” recovery. Plaintiffs were promised an award for each case filed, ranging from $50 to $1,000 or more, and lawyers claimed and made settlement demands of several thousand dollars per case. One California lawyer told Cooper he had filed maybe 2,500 cases and had made “millions” in fees.
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