JAN 14 1993

The Honorable E. Clay Shaw U. S. House of Representatives 2338 Rayburn Building Washington, D.C. 20515-0915 Dear Congressman Shaw: This letter responds to your inquiry on behalf of Mr. John Hume of Coral Springs, Florida, concerning a "notice of noncompliance" issued by a group describing itself as "Americans with Disabilities Act Specialists, Inc." The Americans with Disabilities Act gives the Attorney General the authority to investigate complaints under the Act and to initiate litigation in cases involving a pattern of discrimination or raising issues of general public importance. The Act gives no legal effect to notices made by private individuals or groups. It is unclear whether this notice was transmitted through the United States Postal Service. If it was, there is the possibility that postal fraud is involved. In that regard, your constituent may wish to contact the Postal Service, as follows: Mr. Al Holmes, Branch Manager, Fraud and Prohibited Mailings Branch, United States Postal Service, 475 L'Enfant Plaza West, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20260-2166. Your constituent may also wish to contact the Council of Better Business Bureaus Foundation, at 703-247-3655, or his local Better Business Bureau. The Council of Better Business Bureaus is coordinating the investigation of complaints about questionable business practices relating to the Americans with Disabilities Act, and publicizing the results of its investigations.

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01-01834 -2I hope this information is helpful in responding to your constituent. Sincerely,

John R. Dunne Assistant Attorney General Civil Rights Division 01-01835​ E. CLAY SHAW 15th DISTRICT, COMMITTEE FLORIDA WAYS AND MEANS SUBCOMMITTEES REPLY TO OVERSIGHT 2338 RAYBURN HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING HUMAN RESOURCES WASHINGTON, DC 20515-0915 RANKING MEMBER (202) 225-3026 DISTRICT OFFICE: 1512 EAST BROWARD BOULEVARD Congress of the United States SUITE 101 FORT LAUDERDALE, FL 33301 House of Representatives (305) 522-1800 Washington, DC 20515-0915 November 19, 1992 The Honorable William P. Barr Attorney General U.S. Department of Justice Main Building Room 4111 10th & Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20530 Dear Bill: I am writing regarding a letter and enclosure I recently received from Mr. John Hume of Coral Springs, Florida.

I would appreciate your assessment of the "notice of non-compliance" Mr. Hume forwarded for my attention. Specifically, I am interested in learning whether this mailing constitutes a violation of the law and whether the practice of sending such "notices" is widespread. Whether legal or not, this tactic seems highly questionable to me. I appreciate your consideration of this matter, and I look forward to your response. Sincerely,

E. Clay Shaw, Jr. Member of Congress ECS:mws Enclosure THIS STATIONERY PRINTED ON PAPER MADE ON RECYCLED FIBERS 01-01836​ LAW OFFICES HUME & JOHNSON P.A. SUITE 301 1401 UNIVERSITY DRIVE CORAL SPRINGS, FLORIDA 00071-6088 JOHN HUME TELEPHONE 755-9880 HENRY W. JOHNSON AREA CODE 305 CATHERINE W. ZIPPAY TELECOPIER 755-9899 October 23, 1992 The Honorable E. Clay Shaw 299 E. Broward Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Re: "Notice of Non-Compliance" enclosed Dear Clay: Enclosed is what appears to be a formal notice. On close examination, it appears that it may be little more than a scam based on the Americans with Disabilities Act. I think there are a number of these charlatan operations that have sprung up because of the act. It was bad legislation to begin with and now it is being twisted by opportunists to extort money. Sincerely, HUME & JOHNSON, P.A.

JOHN HUME JH:rs enc 01-01837​ Urgent: Notice of Non-Compliance We have been notified that your facilities are not in compliance with title III of the "Americans With Disabilities Act" (ADA). The ADA is equal rights legislation that has been in effect since January 26, 1992. This means that you should have taken action by now. Failure to comply with the ADA can result in violations of up to $100,000.00. Such violations are levied by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and they act on behalf of the 1 in twelve Americans with some form of disability. Advocacy groups for the disabled report violators to us before contacting the DOJ so that an evaluation may be performed and unwarranted civil suits may be avoided. We inform these groups of your efforts toward compliance. If you have already taken steps, inform us promptly so that your file may be updated. Notice #920115 Date of Issuance 10-19-92 (Handwritten) Property Name Marwayne Office Plaza (Handwritten)

Address 2425 E. Commerical Blvd Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308 (Handwritten) Contact Alice Carlson (Handwritten) Phone (305)491-1431 (Handwritten) Notice Issued By (Illegiblae) American Disabilities Act Specialists, Inc. is a consulting group. We do not represent the government. We represent those who are actively enforcing the ADA, the over 43+ million disabled Americans, and organized advocacy groups. This three part notice will be sent to the following parties: *White - ADA Specialists file. *Pink - Complaintant *Yellow - Violating Party Please respond to this notice at the phone number below. (305)923-ADA2 American Disabilities Act Specialists, Inc. (305)923-2322 2 South Federal Highway, ILLEGIBLE, Florida ILLEGIBLE 01-01838