WE WILL UPDATE YOU AS SOON AS WE LEARN MORE INFORMATION. >> I PROBABLY COULD HAVE GONE INTO THE BUSINESSES AND SAID, I’M GIVING YOU TWO WEEKS TO FIX THESE ISSUES, AND THEN I’LL SUE. DOUG: TONIGHT, TARGET 7 SPEAKS TO THE WOMAN AT THE CENTER OF 99 BUSINESSES. SHE’S USING THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT TO LEGALLY FILE SUITS TO FORCE BUSINESSES TO COMPLY WITH THOSE RULES. BUT AFTER TARGET 7 AND NANCY LAFLIN’S STORY LAST WEEK RAISED SOME TOUGH QUESTIONS, THE WOMAN ADMITS SHE WAS RECRUITED TO FIND BUSINESS SHE COULD HELP SUE.

NANCY: HOW MUCH MONEY HAVE YOU GOTTEN SO FAR? >> I ONLY GET $50 FROM EACH LAWSUIT. NANCY: ALYSSA CARTON IS THE WOMAN WHO IS SUING 99 BUSINESSES, MOST OF THEM IN ALBUQUERQUE.A LOT OF THEM MOM AND POP SHOPS LIKE REHM’S NURSERY. >> I JUST FEEL VERY HEARTBROKEN.

NANCY: CARTON IS DISABLED, AND SAYS SHE ANSWERED AN AD ON CRAIGSLIST PLACED BY AN ORGANIZATION CALLED ADVOCATES FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES, OR A.I.D. FOR SHORT. IT’S AN ORGANIZATION THAT HAS FILED MORE THAN 1,000 LAWSUITS LIKE ALYSSA’S IN MULTIPLE STATES.

WERE THEY ON CRAIGSLIST? WERE THEY ADVERTISING THEY WERE LOOKING FOR SOMEBODY WITH DISABILTIES? >> NO. THEY WERE ON CRAIGSLIST, BUT THEY WEREN’T LOOKING FOR SOMEBODY SPECIFIC. THEY DIDN’T SAY, “WE’RE LOOKING FOR SOMEBODY WITH DISABILITIES.

” THEY SAID THEY WERE LOOKING FOR SOMEBODY WHO CARED ABOUT A.D.A. NANCY: A.D.

A. IS A LAW THAT REQUIRES BUSINESSES BE ACCESSIBLE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. AND IF BUSINESSES VIOLATE THAT LAW WITH THINGS LIKE BATHROOM ACCOMMODATIONS OR IMPROPERLY MARKED PARKING SPACES, THEY CAN BE SUED. ALYSSA SAYS A.I.

D. PUT HER IN TOUCH WITH A LAWYER. THEN SHE SAYS A WOMAN WHO WORKS FOR A.I.D.

DROVE WITH HER UP AND DOWN LOMAS, CHECKING OUT BUSINESS AFTER BUSINESS, LOOKING FOR VIOLATIONS. WHO’S THE DRIVER? >> I CAN’T SAY HER NAME ON CAMERA FOR LEGAL REASONS. BUT SHE WAS HIRED BY EITHER THE LAWYER OR A.I.

D. NANCY: IN THE CASE OF REHM’S NURSERY, ALYSSA SAYS SHE DIDN’T GO INSIDE. SOMETHING THE OWNER OF THE NURSEY TOLD US, TOO. >> NOBODY REMEMBERS HER. NOBODY.

>> DUE TO THE FACT THE PARKING LOT AND EVERYTHING WAS FULL OF GRAVEL, THAT IS, FOR ME, A BARRIER. I WENT AS CLOSE TO THE NURSERY AS I COULD, AND NOBODY SAW ME. YES. NANCY: AND THAT’S WHAT HAS SOME LEGAL EXPERTS AND DISABILITIES RIGHTS ACTIVISTS WORRIED. >> IT’S PROMPTING A LOT OF ANGER AND RESENTMENT ON THE PART OF BUSINESSES WHO ARE STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET.

IN MANY CASES, THEY’RE TRYING TO DO THE RIGHT THING, BEING ACCESSIBLE TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. NANCY: JIM JACKSON SAYS HIS ORGANIZATION TRIES TO WORK WITH BUSINESSES TO FIX PROBLEMS FIRST AND TURNS TO LAWSUITS AS A LAST RESORT. OUR LEGAL EXPERT JOHN DAY SAYS FINDING VIOLATIONS CAN SOMETIMES LEAD TO CASH PAYOUTS.>> THEY CAN HIT UP SMALL BUSINESSES IN THE COMMUNITY IN VOLUME AND MAKE A LOT OF MONEY. NANCY: BUT ALYSSA SAYS BUSINESSES CAN DRAG THEIR FEET TO MAKING CHANGES, AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES ARE LEFT WITH RESTRICTED ACCESS.

THESE ARE MOM AND POP SHOPS WHO SAID, HAD YOU TALKED TO THEM, THEY WOULD HAVE GONE OUT OF THEIR WAY TO HELP YOU. >> I TEND TO NOT BELIEVE THEM. THAT’S REALLY MY EXPERIENCE WITH SOME OF THESE STORES. NANCY: BUT NOW ALYSSA APPEARS TO BE RETHINKING AT LEAST ONE OF HER LAWSUITS. >> I’M NOT SURE IF WE CAN DROP THE CASE.

YOU KNOW, I NEED TO TALK TO THE LAWYER. NANCY: AND THERE’S NEW INFORMATION TONIGHT ON THOSE LAWSUITS. JUST DAYS AFTER MY STORY AIRED, LAYWERS REPRESENTING SEVERAL OF THE BUSINESSES BEING SUED FILED A MOTION IN COURT.THEY’RE ASKING A JUDGE TO RULE WHETHER THE MULTIPLE LAWSUITS ARE FRIVOLOUS OR MALICIOUS. THAT HEARING IS SCHEDULED NEXT MONTH.

I’LL BE THERE AND WILL KEEP YOU.

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