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AB 539 (Nguyen, Stephanie D) Unruh Civil Rights Act: high-frequency litigants.

Friday, March 17, 2023 1:55 PM | Ross Hutchings (Administrator)

AB 539 (Nguyen, Stephanie D) Unruh Civil Rights Act: high-frequency litigants.

Current Text: Amended: 3/23/2023 

Last Amend: 3/23/2023

Status: 5/5/2023-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(3). (Last location was JUD. on 3/23/2023) (May be acted upon Jan 2024) 

Location: 5/5/2023-A. 2 YEAR

Summary: Current law, except in complaints that allege physical injury or damage to property, requires a complaint asserting a construction-related accessibility claim, as defined, filed by or on behalf of a high-frequency litigant to state, among other things, the number of complaints alleging a construction-related accessibility claim that the high-frequency litigant has filed during the 12 months before filing the complaint and the reason the individual was in the geographic area of the defendant’s business. Current law defines “high-frequency litigant” to mean a person who utilizes court resources in actions arising from alleged construction-related access violations at such a high level that it is appropriate that additional safeguards apply so as to ensure that the claims are warranted, including, subject to certain exceptions, an attorney who has represented as attorney of record 10 or more highfrequency litigant plaintiffs in actions that were resolved within the 12-month period immediately preceding the filing of the current complaint alleging a construction-related accessibility violation. For the purpose of defining the term “high-frequency litigant,” this bill would revise and recast the terms “construction-related accessibility claim” and “construction-related accessibility violation” to “accessibility-related violation” and would instead include in the definition of “high-frequency litigant” an attorney who has represented as attorney of record 5 or more high-frequency litigant plaintiffs in actions that were resolved within the 12-month period immediately preceding the filing of the current complaint alleging an accessibility-related violation. 

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