Victory for credit unions with ADA dismissal in Ohio

March 18, 2019


March 18, 2019  

Washington, DC   

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio dismissed a lawsuit against BMI Federal Credit Union citing alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Credit Union National Association and the Ohio Credit Union League stood alongside the credit union and filed an amicus brief in the case as part of the CUNA/League defense strategy supporting credit unions across the country facing frivolous ADA lawsuits.  

CUNA has consistently engaged with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Congress to find a solution to the confusion about whether the ADA applies to websites. The trade association who advocates on behalf of America’s 115 million credit union members also wrote to Attorney General William Barr shortly after his confirmation to provide insight on the issue and further urge the DOJ to find resolution.  

“We’re pleased that another court has ruled that this type of claim against a credit union lacks standing and granted the motion to dismiss,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “Credit unions and disabled Americans lose when these kinds of lawsuits are filed to exploit uncertainty in the statute and CUNA will continue its efforts to find a permanent solution.” 

Judge Algenon L. Marbley granted BMI’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit after finding the plaintiff lacks standing to bring the lawsuit.  

CUNA has worked with the National Federation of the Blind to find solutions for issues surrounding the ADA while also increasing access to economic opportunities for blind individuals. 


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Credit Union National Association (CUNA) is the only national association that advocates on behalf of all of America’s credit unions, which are owned by 115 million consumer members. CUNA, along with its network of affiliated state credit union leagues, delivers unwavering advocacy, continuous professional growth and operational confidence to protect the best interests of all credit unions. For more information about CUNA, visit To find your nearest credit union, visit     


Lauren Williams    
CUNA Communications