Michigan Credit Union League files amicus brief supporting American 1 Credit Union in ADA litigation

LANSING, MI (January 30, 2018) — The Michigan Credit Union League (MCUL) has filed an amicus brief in Federal Court supporting American 1 Credit Union as it combats a frivolous lawsuit alleging non-compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Specifically, MCUL’s brief is in support of a motion to dismiss that was filed by attorney and counselor Michael M. Bell of the law firm Howard & Howard.

In the absence of controlling rules by the Department of Justice (DOJ), the lawsuit is the latest in a series brought by trial attorneys seeking judicial interpretation of the ADA as it applies to website accessibility. Seeking to exploit credit unions and other community-based organizations, the recent spike in lawsuits rely on questionable facts and far-reaching assumptions of law.

“It’s unfortunate that in the absence of regulatory guidance, credit unions are forced to expend valuable time and resources defending themselves from frivolous lawsuits,” said Ken Ross, president/COO of the Michigan Credit Union League. “Every dollar spent on lawyers — every minute spent not helping members — is a barrier put in front of well-meaning, community-focused, not-for profit institutions. I call on the DOJ to address this issue head on and to provide credit unions across the nation with much needed clarity.”

At the time of this filing, more than 20 Michigan credit unions have received demand letters from a single law firm alleging similar issues.

“As the voice of the Michigan credit union community, MCUL stands ready to defend against this troublesome trend of meritless lawsuits,” Ross continued. “Credit unions continue to do their best with ADA compliance in an uncertain environment.”

About Michigan Credit Union League & Affiliates

Organized in 1934, the Michigan Credit Union League (MCUL) has a proud tradition of innovation and leadership among the nation’s credit union trade associations. The organization’s vision is to strengthen the credit union community and its image by providing advocacy on important issues, coordinating cooperative initiatives and by providing high-quality solutions that help credit unions succeed and enrich the lives of their members.


Shawn Glinis
MCUL Media and Publications Editor

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