- Tani Cantil-SakauyeChief Justice of the California Supreme Court
- Jerry BrownCalifornia Governor
Abuse of the Americans with Disabilities Act
My family has owned a cafe in San Diego for the last three years. Despite our being situated in an extremely dated building, we've done our best to keep up with all regulations.
My mother is an honorable woman who works 80+ hour workweeks just to keep our business afloat. However, a man named Chris Langer is now targeting our cafe for a lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Mr. Langer never even entered our establishment. He claims that he was unable to do business with us due to our lack of a handicapped parking space, despite the fact that our establishment has numerous open parking spaces not specified for the disabled.
The ADA is a wonderful law with a wonderful purpose, meant to make sure that the disabled are given full rights in our society. However, Mr. Langer has been using this law for personal gain for over ten years.
Since 2002, Langer has filed 200 lawsuits under the ADA, most of which have been targeted at small businesses. Many of those he targeted went bankrupt after the fact. Under different circumstances, it could be assumed that Langer had good intentions and only meant to further the rights of the disabled. However, his actions say otherwise.
Under the current California ADA, Langer is within his rights to file as many lawsuits as he pleases. Through his actions, we believe he is making a mockery of the Americans with Disabilities Act and must be stopped.
I started this petition to defend my mother, who has always taught me that hard work should be rewarded and not punished. Through this petition, I hope to accomplish two goals: first, I wish to make sure that everyone in California (and if possible, the entire country) knows about Mr. Langer's actions. By increasing awareness, we can put political pressure on the judicial system to have this and future lawsuits like it thrown out of court. Second, we hope to have the California ADA amended to not allow for personal gain.
This petition is not just for my family, but for all small businesses in California. We want to create a business environment in which entrepreneurs don't need to live in fear of being sued when they've done their best to keep up to date with regulations.
Please, help us uphold the true purpose of the ADA. Help my mother, a hardworking and committed woman.
- Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court
- California Governor
- Attorney General
I'm writing you to call for justice for the Meihaus family, and for all small businesses in California.
The Americans with Disabilities act is a wonderful law with a wonderful purpose. However, even the greatest of actions can be manipulated.
A San Diego resident named Chris Langer has filed over 200 lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act. I believe his actions are directly against the original purpose of the Act, which was meant to grant the disabled full protection under the law.
Mr. Langer deliberately targets small businesses for these lawsuits, and has bankrupted dozens of them since he began. Federal ADAs do not allow for personal gain under such lawsuits, which is exactly how the system should operate. However, the California ADA allows for personal gain, a terrible flaw that, in a circumstance such as this, defeats the Act's entire purpose.
Please, uphold the original purpose of the Americans with Disabilities Act by changing the law to prevent its use for personal gain, and stop this tragic abuse of justice.
Josh Meihaus started this petition with a single signature, and now has 318 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.