What Peter Strojnik’s “Vexatious Litigant” ruling in AZ could mean for your business?

A disbarred attorney, who continued to file hundreds of disability lawsuits on his own behalf, has been permanently blocked from filing new cases in Arizona’s federal court district without permission. Judge Diane Humetewa officially labeled Peter Strojnik a “vexatious litigant” in a ruling that compared his lawsuits to legal extortion and stated that he “habitually over-exaggerates his injuries.”

By officially designating Strojnik as a vexatious litigant, he will now need permission from the court before he can file any lawsuits in the U.S. District Court of Arizona. Furthermore, Strojnik is required to post a bond of $10,000 for any case alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in several areas, including employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications, and access to state and local government’ programs and services.

This decision is another important court ruling for hoteliers because it prevents Strojnik from filing such cases in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona without a Motion for Leave to File. This is among the few favorable decisions in other jurisdictions that have been trending.

So what does this mean for your business? 

*Please note that this ruling only applies to the Federal District Court of Arizona and it is important to review your case with your Attorney.

  • While this case is another significant development, it may not apply to you in a similar such lawsuit, as each case is fact-specific.
  • To help protect your business, be proactive! Check with your website provider, brand, online travel agency (OTA), and/or attorney to ensure compliance with the currently accepted standards.
  • Making sure your website and reservation system are ADA compliant may be far less expensive than defending a lawsuit or settling a claim.

 

Sources: ABC 15 Arizona, AAHOA

 

 

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