It was one of the key talking points highlighted by the Coalition of Franchisee Associations at the organizations Lobby Day back in March, and now the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice will hold a hearing on the ADA Education and Reform Act (HR3765).  The committee will take testimony in a public hearing on Thursday, May 19 at 9:00 AM in Room 2141 Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill.  The American with Disabilities Act (ADA), passed some 20 years ago, prohibits discrimination and ensures all Americans have equal opportunities.  Over time however, unscrupulous lawyers have created a niche industry with so-called “drive by lawsuits”, initiatives that seek neither access nor the elimination of barriers, but rather a financial settlement of a technical complaint.  The complaint may not even be a violation, but a settlement is often less expensive than the court battle for vindication.  HR3765 addresses this issue by requiring that an ADA complaint be specific and requires that a business owner be given the opportunity to cure any problem before legal proceedings can move forward.  For more background, access the CFA Talking Points.