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U.S. Senators Raise ADA Issue with DOJ
Posted August 01, 2019 by CUNA Advocacy

Several U.S. Senators wrote to Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday following up on a letter the group sent to the Department of Justice (DOJ) last year

In the letter, the signers – including Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee – requested the Attorney General provide an update on the DOJ’s work related to ADA website accessibility standards and “[urged] further action to promote greater clarity, compliance, and accessibility.” The group also noted that “absent further guidance, compliance will remain a matter of increasing litigation and inconsistent outcomes.” 

CUNA has been actively supporting credit unions facing frivolous litigation due to uncertainty surrounding website accessibility standards, including filing multiple amicus briefs on both the district court and appellate court level. Most recently, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling that found a plaintiff did not suffer an injury-in-fact due to their ineligibility for membership in the defendant credit union.  CUNA joined with the state CU leagues of Wisconsin and Illinois to file an amicus brief in that case.