Attorney sues Lodi businesses over disability laws
Paul Taormina, owner of Paul's Safe/Lock & Key, plans to install an entry ramp and a parking space for the disabled at his business at Church and Lockeford streets. Taormina received a letter by Carmichael attorney Scott Johnson, who threatened to sue the business if improvements are not made to comply with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Scott Johnson at a glance
A hit-and-run drunken driver left Scott Johnson a quadriplegic
in 1981 at the age of 19. Nonetheless, he went on to earn an
undergraduate degree from California State University, Sacramento,
and his law degree from the McGeorge School of Law School at the
University of Pacific.
Johnson handled routine civil litigation during his first 13
years as an attorney. But he said his frustration, humiliation and
anger over inaccessible public places inspired him to dedicate his
practice to enforcing state and federal access laws.
His one-attorney law firm now has but one client: him.
He said he is not married and has a 20-year-old son.
— Associated Press
Posted: Thursday, May 19, 2011 12:00 am
Updated: 9:51 am, Thu May 19, 2011.
A Sacramento-area lawyer is challenging some Lodi businesses to
comply with disability laws or face potentially expensive
Attorney Scott Johnson, who is disabled himself, is a
controversial figure who has filed more than 1,000
disability-related lawsuits. He is regarded by some as an
aggressive advocate — and by others as an opportunist.
Thursday, May 19, 2011 12:00 am.
Updated: 9:51 am.
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