Last Thursday a federal judged accused wheelchair-bound Jarek Molski of running a â€œscheme of systematic extortion,â€? and issued an order that prevents the paraplegic from filling suits under the disabilities act without first getting permission from a judge.
Over the past year, the Woodland Hills resident has filed more than 50 lawsuits against local businesses, claiming they were out of compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, or ADA.
Since 2001, Molski has filed between 300 and 400 similar suits around the state.
When New Times spoke with Molskiâ€™s lawyer, San Francisco lawyer Thomas Frankovich, last week, he said that about 90 percent of the local suits are in â€œsettlement mode.â€?
Frankovich was unavailable for comment for this story, but told the LA Times that the judgeâ€™s decision was a â€œmiscarriage of justiceâ€? and that he would take the ruling to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.