By filing hundreds of lawsuits against businesses that fail to accommodate the disabled, some say Jarek Molski went too far. But the self-styled civil rights activist found a friendlier audience at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

A few years ago, a jury came down against Molski in a disability-access trial despite the fact that, at least in the 9th Circuit’s eyes, he had undisputed evidence on his side. A district judge should have known better than to let that verdict stand, the unanimous panel concluded Friday.