CUNA Senior Director of Advocacy and Counsel Alexander Monterrubio appeared on CUBroadcast recently to discuss CUNA’s latest efforts at finding a solution to credit unions being hit with abusive lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Credit unions are facing these lawsuits due to uncertainty about how the ADA applies to websites.
Monterrubio said finding a solution is one of CUNA's top advocacy priorities, and the issue is likely to persist Department of Justice (DOJ) comes out with some form of guidance or rulemaking. He also noted that there has been a slowdown in the number of lawsuit filed and demand letters, but that could always change.
During the interview, Monterrubio also discusses CUNA’s advocacy efforts, which includes meetings with the Department of Justice (DOJ), as well as letters sent by a bipartisan group of 19 state attorneys general to Attorney General Jeff Sessions urging the DOJ to clarify how the ADA applies to websites.
He also noted several recent successes in the courts, including victories in Texas and Illinois, and pointed viewers toward CUNA’s compliance resources for credit unions looking to protect themselves from these frivolous lawsuits.