What’s up FDers,
I’ve just got a few letters in the mail from some law firms telling me that i’ve been sued and would I like to use them for my defense. I looked up the case on pacermonitor and it looks like a legit filing of a lawsuit under the ADA. It’s from a ADA lawsuit factory that pumps out 100s of them each month. It seems like the most frequent filing lawyers office in Cali. This person has sued over 100 people in the past year and probably more in the past.
Did some research on this and seems like this is a new low for some shady lawyers looking to make an easy buck under the guise of helping others. Also seems like it’s spread to AZ, FL and other states and it’s become a big problem for small businesses. They are suing for faded and not visible parking lot paint and proper signs… and some other interior aisle width. Seems like Ca passed some laws the past few years to help small biz out with these in the SB269.
Anyhow, my property is in LA, CA and it’s being run by a tenant who is also named in the suit. The County Assessors, city tax office and FTB office has my current address (out of state) but somehow these notices and the lawsuit are all going to my past address in cali.
My first question is how do the lawyers suing me get my old address? I just switched address less than 1 year ago but maybe I didn’t change my address with an agency I didn’t know to do it with? I thought I’d tell the people who tax me where to send the bills to… that would be it.
Second is… if the lawyers suing me can’t find me… what happens? If they have to serve me and I can’t be found during the time that I am to be served.? But I"m sure my tenant can’t avoid the service at the business. (Will they USPS mail me first instead before sending someone out to find me?) Just asking, what if… If they will charge me more bc they had to serve me then i would rather not incur more “fees” from these lawyers…
What’s a good legal forum to seek some answers before I reach out to a lawyer and ask more prepared questions rather than starting from the ground up?
If others are asking what type of lawsuit this is… just google ADA Abuse lawsuits or drive by ada lawsuits on youtube. They hit small biz restaurants, stores, gas stations to even the DMV, City offices and big corporations.