“Disabled man puts the squeeze on [NYC] businesses with handicap lawsuits”

by Walter Olson on June 8, 2011

The New York Post profiles prolific ADA filer Zoltan Hirsch, who has targeted at least 87 businesses, and his lawyer, Bradley Weitz. “[Hirsch] targeted a pedicure station at the Red & White Spa in SoHo — even though he has no feet.”

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1 Chris Hoey 06.08.11 at 1:55 pm

Prior to its passage, I spearheaded the retail industry’s efforts to rein in some of the excesses of the proposed ADA legislation. As part of my pitch to alert retailers to the perils of the law, I used to say that all I would need is a client in a wheelchair, and sooner or later I’d own their companies, given the vague standards as proposed. Looks like some opportunists have recognized what I foresaw over 20 years ago.
Do we chalk it up to the “unintended consequences of an otherwise altruistic piece of legislation?” Tell that to the mom & Pop enterprises driven under by these Plaintiffs and their lawyers, as it is small solace.

2 antiredistributionist 06.08.11 at 2:02 pm

Ron Miller – please call your office.

3 Richard Nieporent 06.08.11 at 3:31 pm

Do we chalk it up to the “unintended consequences of an otherwise altruistic piece of legislation?”

As we know, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. However, it didn’t take an Einstein to foresee the consequences of a law in which Congress did not explicitly spelling out what was required of businesses, but rather left it to the Courts to decide what was and was not legal.

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