CU sees victory as ADA accessibility suit tossed in Va.

January 26, 2018

A federal district court in Virginia Friday threw out a lawsuit brought against a credit union alleging website accessibility issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Credit unions are facing increasing legal threats due to confusion over how the ADA applies to websites, and CUNA has made it a top priority.

The court also expressly holds that a website is not a place of public accommodation, taking the approach that a place of public accommodation must be a brick-and-mortar location.

U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton decided to dismiss Carroll v. Northwest FCU after finding the plaintiff was not eligible to join the credit union, and therefore unable to suffer any harm or injury.  

“This decision confirms what we’ve been saying all along - these suits are predatory and frivolous. But the work is not done: this case could be appealed. Other cases are pending. The regulatory requirements are not clear," said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. "CUNA has been leading the way to make sure this threat is resolved — working in Congress, at the Justice Department, providing compliance resources and engaging in legal advocacy — and we will continue to be engaged at every level in support of credit unions and their members.”

CUNA has undertaken several steps to find a solution for credit unions, including: