As CUNA continues to push for solutions to credit unions facing legal threats on website accessibility under the Americans With Disabilities Act, it has launched an advocacy page outlining the current situation and steps CUNA is taking. Credit unions are facing increased legal threats due to confusion over website compliance with the ADA. CUNA has been working with the Department of Justice and Congress to solve the issue.
“Credit unions are victims of predatory litigation and frivolous demand letters. Credit unions exist to serve their members, so clearly they take every effort to make sure they’re accessible to all of their members. This kind of predatory activity threatens credit unions’ ability to serve their members,” said CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan. “We’re taking a 360 degree approach to this critical problem, pursuing legislative, regulatory and, if necessary, judicial remedies.”
Donovan said that the association has even heard from credit unions leaders who say that their institutions may not be able to continue to serve members as a result of these baseless suits.
“It’s clear that unscrupulous attorneys are taking advantage of a lack of clarity in regulation to prey on institutions that every day are trying to serve the very members the attorneys purport to represent,” said Donovan. “The tragedy is that these consumers and others could be robbed of safe and affordable financial services by these law firms.”
CUNA has scheduled a webinar for members to receive the latest information on the threat, and what can be done to combat it. It is scheduled for Jan. 18 at 3 p.m. (ET), and registration information will be published in CUNA News once available.
In addition, CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle provided an update to members earlier this week.
CUNA staff has outlined concerns with the ADA lawsuits in several meetings with DOJ officials to discuss potential solutions. CUNA followed up with a letter outlining concerns and the threat to credit unions and their members.
CUNA has also backed a bill that would address these threats, written to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, and spearheaded efforts that resulted in 61 members of Congress raising ADA concerns in a letter to DOJ.
This year’s CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference will feature a breakout session dedicated to these threats, scheduled for Monday, Feb. 26 from 2:45 to 4 p.m. (ET).