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Lawsuit Against Aurora Policeman CU Has Been Dismissed!
Posted August 08, 2018 by CUNA Advocacy

Last night, a lawsuit against Aurora Policeman CU (APCU) in Illinois was dismissed by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois for lack of standing. Similar predatory lawsuits have detrimentally impacted credit unions nationwide alleging non-compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).   

At the end of February, CUNA and the Illinois Credit Union League filed an amicus brief support of Aurora Policeman's motion to dismiss the complaint. APCU was one of many credit unions in Illinois and across the country that received a demand letter threatening litigation or has been sued for alleged non-compliance with the ADA. 

“Credit unions around the country are facing frivolous lawsuits due to uncertainty regarding how the ADA applies to websites. CUNA has deployed its 360-degree advocacy to find a solution, and this latest dismissal is a promising victory on the legal front,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle. “As we continue our work in the courts, we’re also engaged with policymakers in Congress and the Department of Justice to find a permanent solution to this exploitation of a law designed to protect disabled Americans.” 

This latest ruling is one of many favorable decisions from federal courts this year dismissing meritless claims regarding ADA website compliance. The CUNA-League System will continue to work with Congress and the Department of Justice to prospectively address the ambiguity in current law regarding the applicability of the ADA to websites in hopes of preventing further unwarranted threats against credit unions.