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Arizona AG says group flooding courts with ADA lawsuits

PHOENIX — The Arizona attorney general is accusing a Phoenix advocacy group for the disabled of abusing the court system and suing businesses for monetary gain.

Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s office filed a motion Wednesday to intervene as a defendant in a lawsuit brought by the Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities Foundation against the owners of a parking lot.

According to the office, the case is one of roughly 1,500 the foundation has initiated since February against businesses that allegedly violated disability law.

The office also says the foundation cannot collect a settlement in matters that the state is authorized to investigate.

Peter Strojnik, an attorney for the foundation, says the only way to enforce the civil rights of minority groups such as the disabled community is through private litigation.