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    Re: Landmark calif. Burger joint forced to shut down over ada lawsuit

    Quote Originally Posted by PirateMk1 View Post
    First off that burger joint was there decades before the ADA was passed.

    Second its a mom and pop place with a STELLER reputation. It was one of the best eating establishments Sac. had.

    Thirdly the rules and regulations are changed routinely every year or two. The rules he violated were so fricken small as to be incomprehensable. The wheel chair ramp was in compliance till THIS year when it changed. His ramp was off only by a quarter inch. His mirrors in the bathroom with a 1/2 inch to high. Should anybody be shut let alone sued for that? Would you want to be sued for that? Do you know how much it costs to rip out and replace concrete? It aint cheap. Its not like he made NO concesions at all. The rules and the bar were being moved on him.

    This was a bogus bull**** lawsuit pure and simple.
    Not really interested in your excuses for a business not complying with the law. Conservatives soil themselves when a business gets called for being in violation of standards yet think homeowners who have mortgage companies illegally foreclose on them should just suck it up. We get it, you worship at the altar of business and call it god.

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    Re: Landmark calif. Burger joint forced to shut down over ada lawsuit

    Quote Originally Posted by Voltaire X View Post
    Care to explain why plenty of small businesses are perfectly fine with complying with a 20+ year old piece of legislation, but this one can't afford to?
    Care to explain why not every business can give the employees health insurance and 6 weeks vacation? Is this too tough for you to understand? Obviously the business couldn't afford it, because they are out of business now. DUUUUUHHH
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    Re: Landmark calif. Burger joint forced to shut down over ada lawsuit

    Quote Originally Posted by Voltaire X View Post
    Handicapped people have a right to a high standard of living, too.

    Your same argument about businesses not being able to afford to comply with regulations could be applied to other types of regulations, too. What if a burger stand couldn't afford to meet health standards? Would that make it okay for them to serve contaminated beef, for instance? It's not their fault they can't afford to ensure their product meets government health requirements!

    The point is that businesses are required to comply with the law. It doesn't matter if the building is old or new, the law applies to all businesses equally. Sure, it might cost more in old buildings, but that's an irrelevant argument. If businesses are struggling because they can't meet required provisions for handicapped people, they should protest against the law itself, rather than cry about it when it's enforced.
    You think that business had time to protest, they were obviously strapped for cash.
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    Re: Landmark calif. Burger joint forced to shut down over ada lawsuit

    Quote Originally Posted by Loki97 View Post
    Not really interested in your excuses for a business not complying with the law. Conservatives soil themselves when a business gets called for being in violation of standards yet think homeowners who have mortgage companies illegally foreclose on them should just suck it up. We get it, you worship at the altar of business and call it god.
    I'm not really concerned about your excuses. Liberals who cheer when small businesses are forced to close soil themselves when deadbeats who get mortgages through fraud are foreclosed on. Oh, wait, the mortgage mess--Frank,Dodd--has absolutely nothing to do with the ADA scams, does it? Never mind.

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    Re: Landmark calif. Burger joint forced to shut down over ada lawsuit

    Quote Originally Posted by PirateMk1 View Post
    The sad part is this is not about Federal law, and the regulators. While I do not like government, in this case they would not have sued and most likely would have given him plenty of time to get things fixed up. The problem in this case is California law. I think Connery can probably expand on my thesis a bit more with details, but the bottom line is this, California law is different from federal law in that you can sue for damages on an ADA lawsuit. Thats how he is able do get away with this extortion. If a goverment agency came in all they would have done is say the next time he renovates bring it to code. The lawsuit only mentioned VERY VERY minor details of noncompliance, all of which were results of NEW regulations coming into effect. The sad thing is regulations are exempt as far as I can tell from the ex post facto section of the Cailfornia constitution and the United States Constitution. If a lawyer knows something more about that, I would love to be enlightend The two issues that spring to mind were a 1/4 inch per foot to high wheelchair ramps from the parking area. And the Mirrors in the bathroom were a half inch too high. This was essentially the lawsuit. If that went before a jury would you have voted for the plaintif. It saddens me that a lawer from the area didnt take the case probono and kicked the crap out of this jackass.
    I'm in civil engineering, and lived/worked in California for almost two decades before I moved out. Yes, California has their own set of handicap accessible laws that are IN ADDITION TO federal ADA laws (Cal-ADA, IIRC). When designing a project we would usually go by the California laws because we knew that if we had those covered then we also automatically had the federal laws covered as well.

    And yes, ADA changes routinely. So often that it's almost impossible, to the point of being unreasonable, to keep up. I've always been of the opinion that I wish they'd (the government) just decide what they want then leave it alone for a decade or so.

    It would not be unplausible for a blind person to walk down the street and encounter a different ramp layout at each intersection just because the intersections were built a year or two apart and the rules changed in the mean time. How the hell is that kind of inconsistency supposed to help the blind person?
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    Re: Landmark calif. Burger joint forced to shut down over ada lawsuit

    Quote Originally Posted by Loki97 View Post
    Not really interested in your excuses for a business not complying with the law. Conservatives soil themselves when a business gets called for being in violation of standards yet think homeowners who have mortgage companies illegally foreclose on them should just suck it up. We get it, you worship at the altar of business and call it god.
    I think you have me mistaken for someone else. If you go through my posts on mortagages you will see that I routinely tell people when they are severely underwater on there mortgage that they should consider strategic default and further I tell them they should consider doing a title search on their home to determine who if anyone has the title for preperation for a quite claim application and motion. I dont worship at the alter of business but I sure hell dont think somebody ought to run out of there business because of caprisious attornies and execptionally minor violations that the GOVERNMENT would ignore. Really a 1/4 ****ing inch too concrete ramp and you get run out of business? Would you run someone out of busines for that. Could you even look them in the eye? I highly doubt it.
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    Re: Landmark calif. Burger joint forced to shut down over ada lawsuit

    Quote Originally Posted by Loki97 View Post
    Not really interested in your excuses for a business not complying with the law. Conservatives soil themselves when a business gets called for being in violation of standards yet think homeowners who have mortgage companies illegally foreclose on them should just suck it up. We get it, you worship at the altar of business and call it god.
    I knew you were "slightly biased" but I thought you could at least be fair. If PirateMk1's facts are accurate and the requirement changed again just this year for a ramp he already had, I would have thought that even you would think this isn't fair. This isn't some big corporation you think are all evil incarnate, this is probably a sole proprietorship or perhaps even a partnership or an LLC. You have the gall to compare this to banks and mortgage companies? Really?

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    Re: Landmark calif. Burger joint forced to shut down over ada lawsuit

    My my sister's kids are part and parcel of this new lost generation. Having graduated from public HS with no college or careers in sight they went to work for their paternal grandfather in his burger joint there in Sacto. It's been around longer than Fords. Last year some fellow bought out the grandfather. The first thing he was required to do was upgrade the ramps and bathrooms. It's just part of necessary overhead (meeting new and old regulations and requirements for business).

    Long story short, the owner should have done this a long time ago, and he knew it. This is the same as if he still had asbestoes in the insulation and shined it on. Or any other regulation, local, state or federal, business is required to meet as a bar for doing business. He shined it on through the good times and the bad hoping to never get caught.

    The fellow who caught him out is an asshole, plain and simple. I hope he's destroyed going forward. BUT, it doesn't let Fords off the hook for what has been decades of neglecting the laws on the books.

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    Re: Landmark calif. Burger joint forced to shut down over ada lawsuit

    Quote Originally Posted by Born Free View Post
    I know in California, there is an attorney in San Diego that goes around looking at old buildings and the shark requires them to pay him a fee or he takes them to court. The guy is a scam artist.

    This is how ****ed California is, these are old town buildings that he goes after are a 100 yrs old.

    "Exhibit A is Theodore Pinnock, a disabled lawyer in San Diego. Pinnock & Wakefield, his law firm, has filed more than 2,000 ADA lawsuits against California businesses, touting a 95-percent settlement rate. In March, he demanded $10,500 from each of 40 businesses in Alpine, California, or he would sue alleging ADA violations. The incident surprised many local storeowners, who believed they were in compliance.

    In January, Pinnock finished filing four class-action lawsuits against dozens of businesses in Julian, California. The suits stemmed from Pinnock’s visit to the historic Gold Rush town two months earlier. Pinnock claims his weekend was spoiled by the noncompliance of a number of small businesses.

    Days after Pinnock returned home from vacation, 67 Julian mom-and-pop stores received letters demanding varying amounts of money in compensation—the smallest being $2,500—and ordering physical changes to the business establishments. If his demands were not met, Pinnock threatened to sue under state law, making them potentially liable for $125,000 in attorney fees, payable to Pinnock of course.

    Because Pinnock is disabled, he often files ADA lawsuits on his own behalf or under one of his unincorporated associations. According to an insider, Pinnock admits to being the only disabled member of one association, with the remainder being family members. Pinnock says the money he demands is for his legal work. If Pinnock’s money demands are not met, he sues.

    A few Julian storeowners negotiated settlements with Pinnock in exchange for temporary lawsuit immunity. Pinnock has given some of these businesses three years to fix access issues, confirming that money, not quick compliance, drives his lawsuits. So far, two of the four lawsuits have been settled.

    Many businesses have refused to settle, fearing they will become easy targets and be sued again, though all favor making reasonable accommodations to comply with access laws. Some owners have offered to use their money to make access changes instead of settlement payments, but Pinnock has refused, again confirming that money is his motivation.

    The longer a business delays settling, the higher Pinnock raises the settlement amount, ultimately suing the holdouts. Four businesses, including Bell, Book and Candle, a Julian specialty shop, have closed their doors citing Pinnock as the last straw.

    Though distasteful, Pinnock’s actions are legal. His siege of businesses in Julian and Alpine illustrates how legal extortion thrives in the Golden State. Flaws in state law make it easy for professional shakedown artists to file suits, line their pockets, and shutter businesses.

    Pinnock is determined to continue this practice. After local media began reporting on the Julian siege, Pinnock issued a warning on his firm’s website: “I am putting businesses on notice today to hire an ADA consultant, do a survey, take out a loan, and remove all barriers immediately. The ADA plaintiffs will increase lawsuits immediately. . . . I have no more compassion for businesses and respect for certain news reporters.”

    California: Gold Mine for Legal Extortion | Conservative News, Views & Books
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    Re: Landmark calif. Burger joint forced to shut down over ada lawsuit

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Care to explain why not every business can give the employees health insurance and 6 weeks vacation? Is this too tough for you to understand? Obviously the business couldn't afford it, because they are out of business now. DUUUUUHHH
    I'm glad they went out of business. They shouldn't be in business if they can't afford to comply with the law.

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