Accessibility Lawsuit Reforms

California accessibility laws are generally not enforced by a state government agency in most cases. Because of this, lawsuits by private individuals are the primary means of enforcement. This arrangement is commonly called “private enforcement” and has been criticized as costly and ineffective.

As a result, legislative reforms were passed in 2008 (SB 1608), 2012 (SB 1186), 2015 (AB 1521) and, again, in 2016 (numerous bills, discussed below), in many cases to respond to claims of unfairness.​​​​​​​​​​

  • ​Read​ about ​2017 laws.

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