As a business owner who is involved with my local chamber of commerce, I know how devastating a lawsuit can be to small businesses. I’ve seen otherwise prosperous businesses forced to scale back, lay off employees, or even shut their doors altogether due to an abusive lawsuit, and I want to put a stop to it.

That’s why I’m joining California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse in recognizing Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week, a week dedicated to raising awareness about the impact lawsuit abuse has on our society.

A recent event here in Fresno illustrates just how pervasive the problem of lawsuit abuse is. The Fresno Chamber of Commerce, Fresno Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Fresno Chapter of the American Petroleum and Convenience Store Association came together to call out just how lawsuit abuse is hurting their businesses, especially abusive lawsuits alleging violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).

At the event, the owner of the Asian Village shopping center, Bobby Vang, discussed how he was “blindsided” by an ADA lawsuit, and it cost him more than $210,000. This is the case for nearly 200 other businesses in Fresno who have been hit with similar lawsuits. That’s just one type of lawsuit abuse in one city in an enormous state with a reputation for having the worst legal climate in the nation. It’s clear that lawsuit abuse is placing a tremendous cost on small businesses in our state.

So during Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week, I encourage you to ask your candidates for public office where they stand on passing legal reform to end lawsuit abuse. Enough is enough.