The state of California continues to be a hotbed for Americans With Disabilities Act litigation.
Ten businesses in Merced County in Southern California have become the target of ADA lawsuits, all brought by plaintiff Cecil Shaw, who reportedly already has sued hundreds of businesses across the state.
“Cecil Shaw has sued hundreds of businesses across the state for what he alleges are violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act,” reports The Merced Sun-Star. “The Southern California resident took a swing at 10 Merced County businesses in his latest round of lawsuits, usually while driving through the Central Valley on his way to visit friends in Reno, according to court documents.”
With a pattern of seeking out new businesses across the state to sue, is Shaw an activist or an extortionist? His lawyer Randy Moore did not disclose any information about his hourly rate or percentage received from settlements to the Sun-Star reporter.
Shaw is not the only egregious ADA filer in Merced County. According to court documents, Juan Moreno of Lynwood has filed 375 such cases.
One local gas station manager, Rick Smiler, has been targeted by both Shaw and Moreno on separate occasions.
“I’ve been in business for 45 years and I’ve never had one handicapped complaint,” says Smiler, whose store had previously posted signs saying attendants will provide “full service” to disabled individuals.