CUNA and Michigan League support credit unions in ADA cases

WASHINGTON, DC (January 23, 2019) — Credit Union National Association (CUNA) partnered with the Michigan Credit Union League to continue its aggressive nationwide defense of credit unions who are facing lawsuits due to uncertainty about how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to websites. The organizations filed two amicus briefs Tuesday in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals defending credit unions facing a lawsuit due to confusion over how the ADA applies to websites

“CUNA has chosen to strategically focus on specific cases that could serve as important milestones in our defense of credit unions being hit with these predatory lawsuits, and this appellate-level case is one we feel that CUNA and league support can help set binding precedent,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “We’re encouraged by our victory at the appellate level this month, and will continue our work with the leagues to ensure credit unions aren’t harmed by lawsuits taking advantage of a law that protects disabled Americans.”

As credit unions continue to be hit with meritless litigation, CUNA continues to make finding a solution a top advocacy priority. CUNA achieved an appellate-level victory in the 4th Circuit in January, as Griffin v. DOL FCU was dismissed. Several cases have been dismissed claiming the plaintiff lacks standing to sue.

In the joint Amicus brief, CUNA and the Michigan Credit Union League supported Belle River Community Credit Union and Aeroquip Credit Union’s Motion to Dismiss. The primary argument in the case is that the plaintiff is ineligible to join the credit unions in question, and therefore does not have standing to file suit alleging harm.

CUNA has a number of compliance resources available for member credit unions, designed to help them ward off legal threats.

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