CUNA calls for hearing, add’l steps to curb frivolous ADA suits

February 14, 2018

Congress should help credit unions and other small businesses address lack of clarity with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that is resulting in abusive litigation, CUNA wrote to Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) Wednesday. CUNA wrote in support of Poe’s bill, the ADA Education and Reform Act (H.R. 620), which is scheduled for House consideration this week.

Credit unions have faced mounting legal threats due to uncertainty over how the ADA applies to websites, and CUNA has made it a top priority to find a solution. Poe’s bill doesn’t directly address the threat, but CUNA believes it is a good step forward.

“H.R. 620 will ensure those protected by the ADA will continue to benefit from that important protection, but will take the right steps to curb predatory litigation that harms all consumers and credit union members,” the letter reads. “We encourage you to expand on the work of this legislation and consider holding a hearing, and taking other steps to address other frivolous ADA related class action litigation including website accessibility.”

During a House Rules Committee meeting Tuesday, Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Ga.) pledged to work with his fellow members of Congress and credit unions to find a solution.

During its advocacy efforts to find a solution, CUNA has:

  • Conducted a members-only webinar, recordings of which can be viewed for free; 
  • Written to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees; 
  • Met with senior leadership at the Department of Justice;
  • Spearheaded efforts that resulted in 61 members of Congress raising ADA concerns in a letter to DOJ; and 
  • Scheduled a breakout session at this year’s CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference with the latest developments, scheduled for Monday, Feb. 26 from 2:45 to 4 p.m. (ET).