A frivolous case against a credit union alleging Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) violations was been dismissed in Alabama Friday. CUNA and the League of Southeastern Credit Unions and Affiliates filed a brief in the case supporting The Infirmary FCU, and amended the brief when the plaintiff amended the original complaint.
“Another voluntary dismissal of another frivolous case brought against a credit union is good news, as these predatory suits are simply trying to exploit a law designed to protect disabled Americans,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “Abuse of the ADA at the expense of community financial institutions is not a winning strategy, and CUNA will continue its work across the country to highlight the meritless claims found throughout these lawsuits."
Credit unions around the country have found themselves hit with lawsuits alleging website noncompliance with the ADA, due to confusion over how the legislation applies to websites.
CUNA has filed several similar briefs supporting credit unions around the country, and one case in Texas was dismissed eight days after the brief was filed with the Cornerstone Credit Union League.
CUNA continues to engage with the Department of Justice and Congress to find a solution, and has compliance resources available for member credit unions designed to help them ward off legal threats.