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BOMA International Supports ADA Legislation

Wednesday, February 15, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Itati Martin
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BOMA International Supports ADA Legislation Introduced in House

Congressman Ted Poe (R-Texas) recently introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would amend the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to curb the practice of "drive-by" lawsuits—frivolous lawsuits filed by unscrupulous attorneys against building owners citing ADA noncompliance issues. Much of the time, these lawsuits do not seek to remedy the alleged ADA infraction or benefit the needs of the disabled community; the plaintiff is simply looking for a quick settlement. 

H.R. 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act, provides a "notice and cure" provision that allows building owners 120 days to correct identified ADA violations before the commencement of litigation. A balanced, bi-partisan coalition comprised of Representatives Scott Peters (D-Calif.), Ken Calvert (R-Calif.), Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), Michael Conaway (R-Texas) and Ami Bera (D-Calif.) joined onto the bill as lead co-sponsors. To thank them for their efforts on behalf of commercial real estate, BOMA International President Henry Chamberlain sent this letter of support to the sponsoring offices.

BOMA International's advocacy team has been working hard on this matter for years, making lawmakers aware of the issue and securing bipartisan support for this legislation. If you have been negatively affected by a "drive-by" lawsuit, please contact BOMA International's Manager of Advocacy, Dylan Isenberg, at disenberg@boma.org. Your story may help BOMA's efforts on Capitol Hill.