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Over 100 Members of the House Write to Attorney General Sessions Seeking Clarification on ADA Ambiguities
Posted June 21, 2018 by CUNA Advocacy

Yesterday a letter was delivered to Attorney General Sessions seeking guidance and clarity on how best comply with website standards for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The letter was signed by over 100 Members of the House of Representatives.

America's credit unions continue to be targets of predatory litigation alleging ADA violations, specifically as it applies to websites. CUNA supported the letter and has made finding a solution a top advocacy priority. 

Members wrote in the letter, "It is important for Congress to act to provide greater clarity through the legislative process. However, in the meantime, it is also unfair and disruptive to subject businesses to litigation risk caused by insufficiently specific statutory language or even basic direction on compliance from the department. We respectfully urge you to help resolve this situation as soon as possible." 

Congressman Ted Budd and Congressman Lou Correa circulated the Dear Colleague letter requesting that the Department of Justice (DOJ) give the private sector guidance on the issue of website accessibility.    

CUNA has met frequently with the DOJ to discuss meritless claims alleged through these predatory lawsuits; which have increased 14 times in the last two years. Because of the organization's advocacy efforts, language was added to a House appropriations bill that would call for the DOJ to clarify website accessibility standards.  

CUNA and state credit union Leagues have also filed a number of amicus briefs in support of credit unions who have been targeted by these frivolous lawsuits.