As the House prepares to consider a bill that is a step toward addressing frivolous litigation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Ga.) said he plans to work with credit unions to find a solution to threats they face due to uncertainty in the ADA. Credit unions are facing legal threats and actions due to this uncertainty, and CUNA has heavily engaged with policymakers to find a solution.
"I joined [House Judiciary Committee] Chairman Goodlatte and Ranking Member Nadler last year on a letter to the Department of Justice highlighting the website issue that credit unions are having and looking for ways to work with DOJ to fix it," Woodall said. "I know that the Chairman is committed to that work, and I look forward to working with him and the credit union community to ensure that credit unions have certainty in their efforts to comply with the ADA."
The House is scheduled to consider the ADA Education and Reform Act (H.R. 620) this week, a bill that would address legal threats made under the ADA specific to architecture barriers. The House Rules Committee met Tuesday night on H.R. 620, and there were protesters present for Tuesday's meeting who were arrested for their vocal opposition to the legislation.
“CUNA has been advocating for both members of Congress and the DOJ to address this pressing issue, and we appreciate Rep. Woodall’s support for credit unions and their members, who have been harmed by predatory litigation,” said CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan. “H.R. 620 is a positive step in illuminating ways that consumers can remain protected by the ADA, without engaging in unnecessary litigation, which harms small businesses and financial institutions. We appreciate the support of Rep. Woodall and other members of Congress, who understand that the website accessibility issue also needs to be addressed by lawmakers."
CUNA has made finding a solution to the ADA issue a top advocacy priority, and is currently monitoring more than 30 cases around the country. Donovan said CUNA is in the process of filing briefs in several cases and looking ahead to other legal battles in support of credit unions.
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