TMLT has received several questions from policyholders regarding letters sent to them by Austin attorney Omar W. Rosales. In the letters, Rosales asks the recipient to pay $2,000 or be sued for alleged Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) website violations. His lawsuits have been aimed at small businesses, such as restaurants, extending to medical offices.
Rosales’ threats of litigation have been called “as close to a shakedown as you can get” and a “perverted use of the ADA” by civil rights attorney Jim Harrington. Harrington told KXAN news in Austin that he has formed the Texas ADA Defense Project to combat potentially exploitative litigation threats, such as those filed by Rosales, that could undermine the integrity of the ADA.
If you have received a demand letter and threat of litigation from Rosales, please contact the TMLT Claims Department at 800-580-8658.
- Sanctioned Austin ADA attorney now targeting websites. KXAN-TV, Austin, TX, December 21, 2016.
- New ADA lawsuits hits Austin businesses. KXAN-TV, Austin, TX, December 10, 2016.
- Local disability awareness groups warn of attorney’s ‘questionable” lawsuits. KVUE-TV, Austin, TX, September 12, 2016.
- Austin business owners concerned over disability access lawsuits. KXAN-TV, Austin, TX, November 12, 2015