CalChamber-Backed ‘Right to Cure’ Bill Passes Policy Committee

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California Chamber of Commerce-supported legislation providing businesses with time to correct an alleged violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) passed the Senate Judiciary Committee this week.

The bill, SB 585 (Niello; D-Sacramento), prohibits construction-related accessibility claims from being started until a business has been served with a letter specifying each alleged violation and given 120 days to correct the alleged violation.

Because of California’s current framework for construction-related ADA claims, a limited group of attorneys has been targeting businesses to leverage extortion-type settlements for technical construction-related standards that do not actually impede physical access to the facility for patrons with disabilities.

An alleged violation for something as simple as not having the appropriate signage or symbol can prompt a claim but doesn’t necessarily impede physical access to a facility and can be resolved quickly.

Unfortunately, business owners are being pressured into paying settlements for these lawsuits instead of focusing financial resources on improving access at their place of business.

Providing businesses with the opportunity to fix all alleged violations within 120 days of receiving a demand letter, as proposed by SB 585, will encourage improved access in California and curb frivolous litigation, allowing businesses to avoid high-price tag shakedowns.

SB 585 passed Senate Judiciary on May 2 with bipartisan support and will be considered next by the full Senate.

Staff Contact: Ashley Hoffman

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Ashley Hoffman joined the CalChamber in August 2020 as a policy advocate specializing in labor and employment and workers’ compensation issues. She was named a senior policy advocate starting January 1, 2024 in recognition of her efforts on behalf of members. Before joining the CalChamber, she was an associate attorney in the Sacramento office of Jackson Lewis P.C., representing employers in civil litigation and administrative matters, as well as advising employers on best practices, including compliance with labor laws. She previously worked as a litigation associate and a summer associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, Los Angeles. She also was a law clerk at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee in Memphis and a judicial extern for the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Pasadena. Hoffman holds a B.A. with high honors in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and earned her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law, where she was a Michael T. Masin scholar, an editor at the UCLA Law Review, and staff member for the Women’s Law Journal. See full bio