California retailer hosts tort reform event

San Diego -- A statewide tour of the California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse made a stop at Coles Fine Flooring on March 23, according to an article in the San Diego Union Tribune.

The nonpartisan organization, which describes itself “a grassroots movement of concerned citizens and businesses who are fighting against lawsuit abuse in California,” brought together state and local politicians and business owners to discuss legal reform. Of particular concern was litigation over the Americans with Disabilities Act.

George Coles, president of Coles Fine Flooring, told the newspaper he’s been the target of three frivolous lawsuits.

“I was sued for trumped-up Americans with Disabilities violations, which I took personal because I have a lot of loyal disabled customers here and I’ve never had a complaint,” Coles said. The company eventually settled out of court for $2,400 to avoid the cost of litigation.

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