Rep. Ted Poe reintroduces bill to curb drive-by lawsuits


WASHINGTON, D.C., January 25, 2017 – Rep. Ted Poe (R, Texas) reintroduced today a bipartisan bill to curb the use of drive-by lawsuits to target small businesses for out-of-court cash settlements. Attorneys file these lawsuits against businesses by the hundreds after simply driving by and spotting an alleged violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Poe’s bill, the ADA Education and Reform Act, would give businesses time to fix the alleged problems before a lawsuit could go forward and also require that the problems be specified in more detail.

From 2013 through the first half of 2016, more than 15,000 lawsuits of this kind were filed against businesses, including a significant uptick each year, according to a law firm’s tabulation. (Final numbers for 2016 were not yet available.)

Chip Rogers, president and CEO of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association, said that the bill will strengthen the ADA by stopping the incentive for lawyers to file dozens of suits at a time while just looking for a cash settlement.

“Rep. Poe’s bill is a big step forward in strengthening the ADA,” said Rogers. “Abuse of the law by attorneys looking for an easy payday undermines the law’s goal of increasing access and eliminating barriers. We thank Rep. Poe for his leadership on this important issue.”

The bill was given bipartisan approval in the House Judiciary Committee last year. Initial sponsors of the bill include Rep. Scott Peters (D, Calif.), Rep. Ami Bera (D, Calif.), Rep. Jackie Speier (D, Calif) and Rep. Ken Calvert (R, Calif.).



Founded in 1989, AAHOA ( is the largest hotel owners association in the world, with more than 16,000 small business owner-members. AAHOA members own almost one in every two hotels in the United States.


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