The number of lawsuits filed in federal courts under Section III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination against disabilities in public housing, fell in the first half of the year during pandemic closures but is expected to resume, a law firm said in a study released Wednesday.
During the first six months of the year, 4759 ADA Division III lawsuits were filed in federal court, a decrease of 15% from 5,592 filed in the first half of 2019, Chicago-based. law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP said in its ADA Division III News & Insights blog.
The decrease was largely due to significantly fewer cases filed in April and May, when most of the country was closed, the law firm said. However, the number recovered in June and July.
"Based on these data, we predict that 2020 will end with fewer trials than in 201
California, New York and Florida continued to lead the country in the number of federal applications, with 2,702, 756 and 574 lawsuits filed during the first half of the year, according to the report.  The report states that based on the cases Seyfarth sees in its practice, most lawsuits concern alleged inaccessible physical facilities or websites, or hotel booking sites that do not have sufficient availability information about their rooms and common areas.