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Seventh Circuit sides with credit union in ADA case
Posted July 16, 2019 by Chandler Schuette

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled in favor of a credit union facing a frivolous lawsuit claiming violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  CUNA filed an amicus brief in this case along with the Illinois and Wisconsin credit union leagues. 

In its opinion, the 7th Circuit agreed with the district court that the plaintiff – who is ineligible for membership in the defendant credit union – has not suffered an injury-in-fact, as required to establish standing.  Throughout its opinion, the court cites Griffin, another cased decided in favor of the defendant credit union which was issued earlier this year out of the Fourth Circuit.  

CUNA and the state credit union leagues have been working with the Department of Justice to clarify this issue, and its efforts have led numerous legislators from the House and Senate to write to the DOJ calling for a solution.