By Michelle Johnson. For violation of her civil rights. Because she says she cannot get her wheelchair into their mom-and-pop, single story, ramp accessible business.
But . . . if they give Michelle $10,000, she'll go away.
Here is Michelle's litigation history for "civil rights violations" concerning her and her money-making wheelchair, in addition to my friends' suit in Orange County Superior Court:
Michelle v. Automobile Club of Southern California - filed 8/27/2012.
Michelle v. Calbath & Kitchen - filed 8/8/2012.
Michelle v. Newport Channel Inn - filed 8/8/2012.
Michelle v. Surf Liquor - filed 7/17/2012
Michelle v. Jouton, Inc. - filed 7/11/2012
Michelle v. Beautiful Surgery Center, Inc. - filed 7/10/2012
Michelle v. Charnarae Corp - filed 7/9/12
Michelle v. Image Hair Salon - filed 6/22/2012
Michelle v. Smog Pros - filed 6/22/2012
Michelle v. OC Kush - filed 6/20/2012
Michelle v. Cappy's Cafe, Inc. - filed 6/20/2012
Michelle v. Sunwell Development, LLC - filed 6/19/2012
Michelle v. Derm Effects, Inc. - filed 6/13/2012
Michelle v. Roman Cucina - filed 6/13/2012
Michelle v. Shore House Cafe - filed 6/13/2012
Michelle v. Brix Wine - filed 6/11/2012
Michelle v. Woof & Warp Fabrics - filed 6/11/2012
Michelle v. Before & After Skin Care - filed 6/7/2012
Michelle v. Taqueria De Anda - filed 6/6/12
Michelle v. Fan Shu Properties - filed 6/6/12
Michelle v. Drake's Carpets - filed 5/22/12
Michelle v. Ace Liquor Store - filed 5/17/2012
Michelle v. Heritage House Liquors - filed 5/17/12
Michelle v. Kim Hair and Nails Spa - filed 5/11/2012
Michelle v. Pizza Hut - filed 5/4/12
Michelle v. G&H Gas - filed 5/2/12
Michelle v. Kim's Interior Major Carpet & Flooring - filed 5/2/12
Michelle v. DK's Donuts - filed 4/30/12
Michelle v. Mission Prosthetics - filed 4/18/2012
Michelle v. CNC Coin Company - filed 3/23/12
Michelle v. Solo Tires Pro - filed 3/23/12
Michelle v. Cigarettes & Cigars For Less - filed 3/21/12
Michelle v. American Tire Depot - filed 3/21/12
Michelle v. Subway #1465 - filed 3/19/12
Michelle v. Allen Tire Company - filed 3/19/12
Including the lawsuit against my friends, that is thirty-six "civil rights violations" filed just for 2012 and in Orange County Superior Court. I will not list them all, but Michelle filed nineteen such suits in 2011, thirty-eight in 2010, and eighteen in 2009.
And this is just for the County of Orange. In 2011, Michelle is also listed in two such cases in San Diego County.
|She's got a ticket to ride . . . and she don't care.|
How is this done? The plaintiffs claim that their civil rights are violated because a business is not precisely, to-a-tee, fully compliant with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). So they sue due to their "embarrassment, frustration and upset." As a local eatery in Bakersfield knows:
People have been eating lots of hamburgers and peanut butter pie on 20th Street since they heard Happy Jack's was slammed with a lawsuit by an out-of-town lawyer.
The suit, filed on behalf of Robert Z. Harway, stated that "Mr. Harway has lived in Bakersfield for several years and has been deterred from joining friends and family for breakfast at Happy Jack's on numerous occasions due to his disabled status and the existence of discriminatory architectural barriers. As a result, he has suffered embarrassment, frustration and upset."
Talk about upset. Talk to the Rosaleses. They haven't served breakfast since 1991. If you're going to slap somebody with a lawsuit, at least ding them for a meal they serve.
Harway's attorney, Ross Cornell, deduces that his client's upset is worth about $8,350 and that includes his fees. If you add the cost of the wheelchair ramp and the Rosales' attorney, you're looking at $20,000.
If anyone has a picture of Michelle Johnson or Ross Cornell, please send them to me. I think businesses may want to keep their eye out for these two.
And . . . this is one of the myriad of problems plaguing California, since Sacramento won't do anything to prevent abuse of the ADA.
Hey, Michelle, I am throwing out this long-distance dedication to you - Big Ugly Wheels by The Beat Farmers (RIP, Country Dick Montana - love you always!).