Multiple lawsuits are being filed against small businesses claiming violations of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA)—the 1990 federal law that requires access for people with disabilities. Typically, the same person files the lawsuits and the demands are small, such as $4,000.

Known as “drive-by lawsuits,” most of these lawsuits are settled as they are too expensive to fight, said employment attorney Steven Suflas with Ballard Spahr LLP in Denver and New Jersey.

“In New Jersey, every week I see 10 to 15” drive-by suits, he said. “Over the past month or two I am starting to see that volume in Denver.

“The accessibility rules are extraordinarily precise and especially for older buildings there are frequently problems,” he said.