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More businesses in Lodi have been hit with Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuits

Plaintiff may not be legally allowed to file suits

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Posted: Thursday, August 4, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 11:40 am, Fri Aug 5, 2011.

Two more businesses in Lodi have been slapped with lawsuits stating they are not in compliance with state disability regulations, but the man behind the suits may not be legally allowed to do so.

Stockton Auto Glass, Inc. and Cherokee Veterinary Hospital, both on South Cherokee Lane, were given notice in July that George Louie of West Sacramento had filed lawsuits against the businesses because he believed they were not compliant with certain sections of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the state Unruh Act.

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  • Pete Hodge posted at 3:47 am on Wed, Aug 10, 2011.

    Pete Hodge Posts: 11

    Wouldn't be surprised is Mr. Louie was represented by Atty Scott Johnson out of Sacramento. Fool has filed over 1,000 lawsuits against companies for ADA. If I were the businesses, I would counter-sue Mr. Louie for "Abuse of Process". It's been done in Auburn, CA as well. People need money, shark attorneys need over $100,000 to pay off law school, so on come the stupid blackmail lawsuits.

  • Kim Lee posted at 1:04 am on Sat, Aug 6, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Kathy Stafko wrote, "One word......scumbag!!"

    I agree, Kathy. Louie should be sued.

  • Josh Morgan posted at 10:10 am on Fri, Aug 5, 2011.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 541

    Ed, the problem as I see it is that these guys don't care if the improvements are made or not. When they get their check the problem goes away.

  • Ed Kemper posted at 5:58 pm on Thu, Aug 4, 2011.

    edkemper Posts: 3

    Is there anyone employed by the city of Lodi that can spell A-D-A without spotting them two letters? I'm not speaking of hired consultants, I mean an employee?

  • Ed Kemper posted at 5:55 pm on Thu, Aug 4, 2011.

    edkemper Posts: 3

    The created tripping hazards are worth $4,000 every time a disabled person is exposed to them. It's far cheaper to do them correctly the first time. The scumbags are the city employees that are charged with insuring legal construction and fail to do so. If the city employees prefer to let the disabled do the work, we're getting better at it as the years pass. It's a shame the local disabled population needs outsiders to come there and do the work for them. Sometimes you just have to import quality.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 5:12 pm on Thu, Aug 4, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    The COL still isn't in compliance with the ADA curbs around town. That new stretch of Mills between Lockeford and Turner has just had those ADA curbs done, yet the finished asphalt is still about an inch below the gutter curbs, creating a tripping hazard to pedestrians and another obstacle for the Handicapped and bicyclists. The cross streets still sit unfinished where they merge onto Mills. Will there be another one inch or so overlay to even the asphalt with the top of the curb gutter? Isn't there a penalty for not finishing by the completion date, whatever that is or was? And how was the ADA curbing work on all those corners funded? Was it federal or state funded or will that work be considered part of the bond money expended so far for the unnecessary and unneeded water treatment plant? Or both, maybe some double dipping?

  • Kathy Stafko posted at 4:26 pm on Thu, Aug 4, 2011.

    MOMMAKAT Posts: 9

    One word......scumbag!!

  • Josh Morgan posted at 12:56 pm on Thu, Aug 4, 2011.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 541

    Mr. Scott.....as president of the Friends of Carp Association I take great exception to your associating Mr. Louie with Carp and you will be hearing from our attorney!

  • Ed Kemper posted at 12:48 pm on Thu, Aug 4, 2011.

    edkemper Posts: 3

    Interesting, comparing enforcing Civil Rights with drug dealers. Kinda says it all doesn't it?

    Lodi is required by both State and Federal laws to have an ADA Coordinator. Where is that person? That is the person that is charged with protecting the city. How many of the commercial properties built since 1991 were built to code? How many new government buildings were built since 1991? How many re-models were done since 1991? How many new businesses opened since 1991? I'll bet it totals many millions in building fees, remodel fees, etc. etc. How much of it was done legally? Why would any intelligent person blame the disabled for illegal construction? Equality has been the law since 1954. You want crooks? Look at City Hall.

  • Robert Chapman posted at 12:01 pm on Thu, Aug 4, 2011.

    Bob Chapman Posts: 997

    I think if I knew any GENUINE "crooks" here in Lodi, I would see that they were investigated and charges were filed or at the very least expose them by name. But, somehow I doubt that the person that "knows these crooks" can't and won't do anything because he has no real proof or evidence to substantiate his claims. More baseless accusations, more "blowing smoke".....

  • Doug Chaney posted at 11:16 am on Thu, Aug 4, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    The best advice those should heed is to become compliant with the ADA standards and not have to worry about these greedy money chasers. Either that or spend money on an attorney that may end up costing them more than a little remodel work to become compliant. It would also help the economy by putting local contractors and workspeople back on the job. They seem relentless no matter who the next may be and this poor economy will spur them on even more, as we already can see. It's just like the gang and drug problem in Lodi, it just won't go away in livable, lovable Lodi. Just another piece of the good ol' boys and girls regime falling apart and washing up on the beach like deadwood.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 11:10 am on Thu, Aug 4, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Looks like we got two amigos now? When will the third amigo show up? Kinda reminds me of some crooks I know here in livable, lovable Lodi? Anybody? This double dip recession that's starting today, according to economists, will bring out plenty more predators, especially in the real estate and maybe even the local wine industry.

  • Shannon Mirfield posted at 10:13 am on Thu, Aug 4, 2011.

    Shannon Mirfield Posts: 42

    @Ann~~ I think you thought that he was a lawyer because the guy who is suing Java Stop IS a lawyer. This is a different guy. :)

    People like them suck!

  • Ann Smith posted at 8:54 am on Thu, Aug 4, 2011.

    Ann Smith Posts: 23

    CORRECTION, I dont know where I got that he was a lawyer, Sorry lawyers for assuming this lowlife was one of you. I know it was an insult to you.

  • Ann Smith posted at 8:52 am on Thu, Aug 4, 2011.

    Ann Smith Posts: 23

    So, he is a lawyer who just drives around to small towns and looks for non compliance then sues that small business. He has always been in it for his own profit. He found a loophole in the law and is using it to his full advantage. Oh, and showing other like minded people how to get easy money. There has to be a way that the business who complied and receive no response from this person should be able to sue for lawyer and court costs?

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:27 am on Thu, Aug 4, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    I think bottom feeding carp is too kind a description... The politicians who created the law and do nothing to stop these carp are even worse as they created the opportunity. What they gave can be and should be taken.

  • Jackson Scott posted at 6:24 am on Thu, Aug 4, 2011.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 392

    Bottom feeding carp.



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