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As a disability rights lawyer and an active member of the Bar, I am well aware of the allegation that California’s disability access laws are being used by “litigious predators,” in the words of Chuck Poochigian [" Bill to limit suits under ADA fails," May 4]. Certainly the instances of perjury and extortion cited by Poochigian and his supporters should be investigated and, if proven, punished. No lawyer or litigant should engage in deceitful or unethical conduct without consequences. Our judges and the California State Bar are empowered to take action by existing state laws, and they should do so. Unfortunately, Sen. Poochigian’s proposed solution — SB 855 — is a terrible idea that would decrease voluntary compliance with minimum disability standards while doing nothing to stop abusive litigation. The bill would expressly empower all businesses operating in California — whether a corner store or a huge multinational corporation — to continue to flout access laws with no consequence whatsoever. It is only upon receiving a notice that delinquent businesses would be required to follow the law — years after other, law-abiding businesses. Because SB 855 would encourage and reward continued unlawful inaccessibility, it was properly rejected by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Claudia Center San Francisco

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