Robert McCarthy is a serial litigant. And the Americans With Disabilities Act is the weapon he uses to shake down his victims.
Since 2001, McCarthy has filed more than 250 lawsuits against small businesses throughout the Golden State, alleging various violations under the federal law (which, in turn, constitute violations of California’s Civil Code).
Every infraction can cost $4,000. And with McCarthy alleging multiple infractions in most of his ADA suits, his victims have considerable motivation to pay him a reduced settlement to go away.
Here’s what particularly galls about McCarthy, who shamelessly exploits the fact that he is wheelchair-bound: He’s not a California resident. He resides in an Arizona assisted-living facility.
It’s because he finds California such a target-rich environment for ADA litigation that he makes a yearly trip to our fair state to seek out fresh prey. Read more…