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Arizona AG moves to block local man from filing ‘frivolous’ lawsuits

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2014 file photo Arizona Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich waves to supporters at the Republican election night party in Phoenix. Attorneys general in 20 Republican states are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the release of videos made by an anti-abortion group whose leaders are facing felony charges in California for recording people without permission. The friend-of-the-court brief filed by Brnovich, on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, says the justices should lift an order from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals barring the recordings' release. They were made by the Center for Medical Progress at meetings of an abortion provider association. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

PHOENIX — The Arizona Attorney General’s Office filed a motion in federal court Tuesday to help stop a “serial litigator” from filing what officials claim are “frivolous” lawsuits.

The office filed a motion to intervene to stop Peter Strojnik, who officials said has filed about 60 disability access lawsuits against Arizona businesses.

In a press release, officials said the lawsuits, which were all filed in federal court, are “baseless” and that Strojnik is a “vexatious litigant” who is “abusing” the Arizona court system.

If a judge agreed, it would mean Strojnik could not file any additional disability law compliance lawsuits in federal court without first getting permission from a judge.

In one of the lawsuits, Strojnik claimed a local business violated the Arizonans with Disabilities Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act by not adhering to proper parking signage and spot sizes.

The office claimed Strojnik demanded $5,000 in attorney’s fees even though the company “immediately corrected” the issues with its parking.

That court case was dismissed in September. As part of the judgment, the court said Strojnik engaged in “ethically suspect tactics” and “unethical extortion of unreasonable attorney’s fees,” the press release said.

According to the State Bar of Arizona, Strojnik was suspended from practicing law for 30 days in 2016 after a judge disciplined him for allegedly inappropriately threatening defendants in a sexual harassment lawsuit.

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