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AG Asks Judge To Dismiss More Than A Thousand ADA Lawsuits

Mark Brnovich
(Photo via mark4az.com)
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich

Arizona’s attorney general is asking a judge to dismiss more than 1,000 lawsuits filed by a controversial advocacy group against local businesses. The group Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities, known as AID, has been fighting the state in court for months.

Attorney General Mark Brnovich intervened in the cases earlier this year, arguing the non-profit AID is abusing the judicial system through serial litigation. The lawsuits against businesses are mostly brought under Arizona’s version of the Americans with Disabilities Act and generally cite minor parking lot violations like the height of sign.

AID tends to demand thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees, and many businesses end up settling rather than go to court.

Brnovich had said the group is using the law to enrich itself, but lawyers for AID push back. They say that they’re fighting for civil rights and that the state has not done enough to ensure businesses comply with the law.

Will Stone grew up with the sounds of public radio. As a senior field correspondent, he strives to tell the same kind of powerful stories that got him into the business — whether that means trudging through some distant corner of the Sonoran Desert or uncovering an unknown injustice right down the street. Since joining the KJZZ newsroom in 2015, he has covered political scandals, fights over the future of energy, and efforts to care for some of Arizona’s most vulnerable communities. His pieces have also aired on national programs like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now and Marketplace. Before coming to KJZZ, he reported for public radio stations in Nevada and Connecticut. Stone received his degree in English literature from Haverford College, where he also wrote about the arts and culture scene in Philadelphia. After graduating, he interned at NPR West in Culver City, California, where he learned from some of the network’s veteran reporters and editors. When he doesn’t have a mic in hand, Stone enjoys climbing mountains, running through his central Phoenix neighborhood and shamelessly promoting his cat, Barry.