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Letter Sent Prior to DoJ Oversight Hearing to Bring Attention to Frivolous ADA Class Actions
Posted November 15,2017 by CUNA Advocacy

Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee held an oversight hearing concerning the Department of Justice.  Prior to the hearing, CUNA sent a letter to Chairman Goodlatte and Ranking Member Conyers in order to bring attention to the fact that frivolous class action lawsuits brought under the American with Disabilities Act have become increasingly problematic for credit unions. 

Over the past few months credit unions have seen a drastic rise of demand letters threatening class action litigation concerning website accessibility requirements and the ADA.  Often the same law firms and lawyers will target many different credit unions, even under the guise of seeking protection for non-members of the credit union that could arguably have no reason for even wanting to access the website. These shakedowns are harming credit unions and their members and are making it difficult for credit unions to serve all members including those who are protected by the ADA.  Perversely, the threats of litigation are having the exact opposite effect of increasing the ability to provide services to all members.  

CUNA also met with the DoJ last week and delivered a letter signed by 61 Members of Congress seeking clarity on the frivolous ADA litigation.