Serial ADA Title III lawsuit filer Howard Cohan made local television news last week in a story CBS Action News 47 reported after Mr. Cohan filed 24 new lawsuits against various north Florida hotels. Seyfarth Shaw’s Title III Team has handled a number of cases filed by Mr. Cohan. Our search of the federal court docket shows that he has filed 606 lawsuits since the beginning of 2013.
Businesses often ask why the courts would allow a plaintiff with no apparent interest in doing business with the target of these lawsuits to pursue these matters. The reality is that challenging the legitimacy of these cases will almost always exceed the cost of settling the matter. As a result, most businesses choose the latter, seemingly more practical option, which simply encourages more lawsuits. On occasion, some businesses targeted by serial plaintiffs decide to fight and have obtained excellent results, as we reported here. However, these cases are the exception.