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Arizona Attorney General Intervenes In New Batch Of ADA Lawsuits

Arizona’s top law enforcement official is trying to stop a local attorney from suing the lodging industry under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

On Tuesday, Attorney General Mark Brnovich filed a motion to intervene in a new batch of lawsuits filed by Peter Strojnik in federal court on behalf of a man from Casa Grande.

This isn't Brnovich's first legal fight with Strojnik.

Earlier this year, a Superior Court judge dismissed more a thousand similar lawsuits against Arizona businesses after Brnovich intervened. Strojnik brought those suits on behalf of a nonprofit called AID, which alleged a range of violations under the state’s version of the ADA.

Now Strojnik has filed about 60 new lawsuits in federal court.

The Attorney General’s Office hopes to have the court declare Strojnik a "vexatious litigant," which would limit his ability to bring these lawsuits in federal court, as well.

Strojnik told KJZZ recently that ADA violations are an "industry-wide problem," and he’s trying to make sure more 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.