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MD|DC Credit Union Association, Leagues and CUNA Discuss Legal Challenges Surrounding ADA Website Compliance

Tue, Feb 6, 2018

MD|DC Credit Union Association collaborated with League representatives from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Florida and Alabama, along with CUNA, about how to help credit unions facing legal challenges over website compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Leagues and CUNA have been focused on providing guidance to credit unions through webinars, and advancing the issue through meetings and letters to officials at the U.S. Department of Justice, state attorneys general, as well as legislators on Capitol Hill and in state houses.

CUNA is evaluating litigation around the country and may file briefs in certain cases in the coming days and weeks. This follows a victory in Virginia federal court. An ADA lawsuit against Northwest Federal Credit Union was dismissed without prejudice in late January. The plaintiff amended his original complaint, but the case was again dismissed. Judge Claude Hilton found that the plaintiff did not have standing because he did not qualify for membership in the defendant credit union. The court also expressly holds that a website is not a place of public accommodation.

The MD|DC Credit Union Association has been actively working to help credit unions with the growing ADA website issue:

  • MD|DC CUA has written letters to the attorneys general for Maryland and Washington, D.C. to make them aware of the issue and ask for assistance in a resolution.
  • The Association's Advocacy Team continues to advance the issue in meetings with our Congressional delegation.
  • In November, more than 200 attended a webinar, hosted by the Association and Kaufman & Canoles, providing guidance on ADA website compliance. In fact, Kaufman & Canoles provided legal representation to Northwest FCU in its ADA compliance case.