It’s bad enough for Charlotte’s commercial real estate industry. Lenders aren’t lending. Vacancies are still high. And then there’s the ongoing problem of lawsuits alleging that shopping centers, office buildings and industrial parks are violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. “The way the (federal) statute was set up it was meant to provide a method where it would be easy for plaintiffs to bring these lawsuits,” said John Bowers, a lawyer for Charlotte law firm Horack Talley. “They can sue to have these changes to the properties.” Bowers (pictured) is among attorneys who have been hired to defend two clients in the Charlotte area dealing with ADA lawsuits.
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