“”He’s what we like to call a professional plaintiff,” says lawyer Joe Fields, who has represented many of the business owners and views Fox’s activities as more of a shakedown than a humanitarian campaign.
“After six years and 139 lawsuits, Fox isn’t surprised – or dismayed – by such assertions.
“”I have no problem being accused of being a professional whatever,” says Fox, whose childhood polio returned to put him in a wheelchair about 10 years ago. “I do this because I don’t want the disabled people who come after me to go through what I’ve had to go through.”
“The former Riviera Beach city councilman is far from alone. But while most of the thousands of other Americans With Disabilities Act lawsuits filed in federal court in the Southern District of Florida are on behalf of people associated with disabled advocacy groups, Fox flies solo.
“”I don’t like bureaucracy,” he says with a shrug.
“When he visits a car dealership, restaurant, gas station or shopping center that doesn’t have enough handicapped parking spaces or grab bars in the bathrooms, where counters are too high, doors are too narrow or other obstacles to the disabled are found, he gives [his lawyer] a call.”
Link: The Palm Beach Post
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