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News - March 23, 2018

Firm behind local ADA lawsuits is being sued

Ava's Market, others settle out of court after being targeted

by Mark Noack

Over the last few years, a string of Mountain View shops and businesses have been hit by what they describe as a legal shakedown: lawsuits demanding payment over alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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14 people like this
Posted by Gary
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Mar 23, 2018 at 4:36 pm

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I like the requirement of a notice to comply before a lawsuit (as to the availability and adequacy of facilities) can be filed. But that is just federal law. What does California law provide? California businesses can also be sued under California law.

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Posted by YES
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 27, 2018 at 2:50 pm

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If the goal was to get or help businesses with ADA compliance, the law firm could have given warnings or notices before slapping expensive lawsuits on local small business owners. Instead they just extract money under the guise of helping the less fortunate.

I hope this case wins. We're so tired of these shakedowns hurting the community.

40 people like this
Posted by juan olive
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 27, 2018 at 2:55 pm

Don't back down from these shake down scum. They've been around for 20 years and you are right, they abuse the system and are greedy cowards that are represented by greedy lawyers.
It's about time someone took a stand.

Hang in there and if you ask for help, you never know who may want to help

28 people like this
Posted by Sylvan resident
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Mar 27, 2018 at 2:57 pm

The Moores are bottom feeders. Businesses need to comply with ADA but what the Moore’s are doing are doing is wrong, The city inspection needs to include ADA compliance. Why isn’t that part of the permit process?

36 people like this
Posted by Old Mountain Viewan
a resident of Jackson Park
on Mar 27, 2018 at 3:02 pm

I think it is despicable that a law firm is practicing this type of shake down. They don't care about ADA rights and compliances, they care about making the money for their firm. Truly despicable, putting small businesses at risk and enjoying that they can close them down.

24 people like this
Posted by Sylvan Silver
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Mar 27, 2018 at 3:26 pm

Tanya Moore should be disbarred. Disappointed in our elected representatives voting against the amended legislation. They need to do their homework rather than just blindly voting against the Republicans. We need more bi-partisanship on commonsense issues like this. Kudos to Jackie Speier.

28 people like this
Posted by Alex
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 27, 2018 at 4:36 pm

I sincerely hope the suit against the RICO scum includes restitution of all settlements coerced from the victims, such as the good people of Ava’s.

Go, Juan, Ava, and family!

14 people like this
Posted by MV Home Owner
a resident of Shoreline West
on Mar 28, 2018 at 12:12 am

Moji Saniefar, I hope and pray that you are successful in this effort. The Moores are evil people void of morals, ethics, or any semblance of decency. They make a mockery of the ADA Act, which is intended to help the most vulnerable of our society. Thank you for your time and effort fighting for justice against these terrible people. Please, take that law firm down.

4 people like this
Posted by Bruce England
a resident of Whisman Station
on Mar 30, 2018 at 12:46 pm

I wish the Voice was more diligent about including Bill numbers and titles in their articles such as this one. In this case, it's HR 620, ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (Web Link). Our Senators are Feinstein and Harris. Let them know what you think.

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Posted by Theresa Rezentes
a resident of another community
on Jun 19, 2018 at 2:01 pm

Because store managers can not inquire about dangerous dog breeds in their stores, I as a citizen, am asking them to leave or threatening to call 911. Are their any movements to get the service animal laws changed in Northern California? HELP!

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Posted by Darin
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2018 at 2:42 pm

Darin is a registered user.

@Theresa Rezentes

What do "dangerous dog breeds" have to do with this topic?

For that matter, what are "dangerous dog breeds"? Some might think that black-and-tan Labrador retrievers look "dangerous", but some guide dog schools are training them as guide dogs, for example: Web Link

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