CUNA remains engaged with members of Congress and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to seek relief for credit unions threatened with frivolous lawsuits involving website accessibility and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Confusion over website requirements under the ADA has led to credit unions being his with frivolous class action lawsuits.
CUNA met with DOJ Assistant Attorney General John Gore to outline steps the DOJ should take to limit these threats for credit unions, and followed up with a letter, noting that credit unions are willing to work with those with suggestions for increasing access to any product or service.
However, CUNA discussed in the meeting that credit unions have instead been hit with demand letters threatening litigation brought under ADA, based on unclear requirements for compliance.
CUNA asked for the following relief:
The letter also told DOJ that credit union concerns with ADA lawsuit abuse surrounding website accessibility could be greatly ameliorated if the agency provided more clarity about whether there are specific requirements. We will continue to push for this.
CUNA remains vigilant for opportunities to engage in legal advocacy efforts on this issue.
Additional information, including links to CUNA compliance resources surrounding this issue, can be found on CUNA’s Removing Barriers Blog.