CUNA and the Cornerstone Credit Union League filed a motion for leave to file a brief supporting a credit union facing a frivolous lawsuit alleging website noncompliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Credit unions are facing increasing legal action due to uncertainty with how the ADA applies to websites, and CUNA has made finding a solution a top priority.
The brief supports Houston-based BCM FCU’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought against it.
“CUNA and the Cornerstone Credit Union League are fighting back against a frivolous lawsuit alleging website noncompliance under ADA. Credit unions are being hit with virtually identical frivolous lawsuits from plaintiffs' firms exploiting a law designed to protect those with disabilities,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “We anticipate taking this action in several cases in the coming weeks to maximize our impact on behalf of all credit unions and to ensure we preserve our arguments for any litigation that makes it to the appellate level. CUNA continues to work to create or defend favorable precedent in each impacted state as the litigation begins to move through different stages.”
The primary arguments of the joint brief are:
CUNA continues to evaluate similar lawsuits around the country, and continues its engagement with the Department of Justice. Last week, several members of Congress pledged to work with credit unions to find a solution.