CUNA and the League of Southeastern Credit Unions filed an amicus brief in another frivolous lawsuit brought against a credit union alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The brief was filed in Scott v. Naheola CU in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama.
“CUNA and LSCU are continuing our defense of credit unions by filing another brief in a baseless lawsuit that is exploiting legislation designed to protect disabled Americans,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “We’ll continue to file briefs where we think appropriate, and continue our 360-degree advocacy with regulators and legislators to work toward a permanent solution.”
“The League and CUNA have made it a priority to support our credit unions in the face of wrongful allegations such as those set forth in these frivolous lawsuits using the Americans With Disabilities Act as a pretense to make money,” said LSCU President/CEO Patrick La Pine. “We take the rights of disabled Americans seriously and we again ask the U.S. Department of Justice to set forth clear website guidelines.”
The primary arguments of the joint brief are:
CUNA and the league filed a brief earlier this month in another Alabama case, Scott v. The Infirmary CU, and has joined with leagues in Texas, Illinois and Ohio to file similar briefs supporting credit unions on those states. The Texas suit was dismissed eight days after the CUNA/league brief was filed.
CUNA also has compliance resources available for member credit unions, designed to help them ward off legal threats.