Judge dismisses 1,700 lawsuits targeting AZ businesses

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(Source: MGN online) (Source: MGN online)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Many Arizona small business owners scored a victory in court last week.

A judge dismissed more than 1,700 lawsuits filed last year against them by advocates for Individuals with Disabilities.  

The copy-and-paste lawsuits alleged that businesses' parking lots did not comply with regulations related to persons with disabilities. 

Many of the issues were minor and easily fixable, but the lawsuits sought thousands of dollars in damages and attorneys' fees.

"Arizona is not going to tolerate serial litigators who try to shake down small hardworking businesses by exploiting the disability community," Attorney General Mark Brnovich said.

Thursday’s ruling comes after the Attorney General's Office filed a motion to dismiss the 1,000 lawsuits based on AID's lack of standing.

Some courts have sanctioned AID for these lawsuits and a federal judge also questioned whether AID's attorney "has engaged in a pattern of professionally unethical conduct."

Brnovich said his office intends to file a Motion for Sanction against AID.

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