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Plaintiff for 160+ Disability Lawsuits Gets Caught Going for A Hike

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James Farkus Cohan has sued so many small businesses in Los Angeles for violating disability laws that a bunch of them decided to get together at one of the businesses being sued, The Blue Room, and have a party.

They watched some footage shot by a crew at ABC 7 showing Cohan going for a hike.

This sort of ruined the party, because in his lawsuits, Cohan says he has end-stage emphysema and he needs an oxygen tank and a wheelchair. So seeing him hiking briskly up a hill in Sun Valley pissed off these owners, who swear their businesses are compliant and accessible for the disabled.

Cohan demanded $10,000 from Burbank business owner Kevin Tanachian, who said: "I was about to pay him $3,000 to make him go away."

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Not only is Cohan a serial plaintiff in these questionable lawsuits that give other disability lawsuits a bad name, he's quite a character.

When ABC 7's reporter Marc Brown pressed Cohan for more details about how lucrative these cases are, Cohan fired back at the black reporter with racial epithets and a nasty joke about slavery.

He's also a felon. An ATF raid at his house netted 34 guns, some of which were semiautomatics, and 31,000 rounds of ammunition. He's supposed to be under house arrest as a part of his probation, so his jaunt up the hill might have been a bad idea on many, many levels.

Oh, and he's in the human organ trade: $115,000 for a kidney; $225,000 for a heart, lung or liver.