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U.S. Senators Reiterate CUNA's ADA Website Concerns to AG Sessions
Posted September 05, 2018 by CUNA Advocacy

Today, six U.S. Senators wrote to Attorney General Jeff Sessions urging the DOJ take action to address the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) website accessibility issue. 

“We support the ADA and all it stands for,” the letter reads. “But for the ADA to be effective, it must be clear so that law abiding Americans can faithfully follow the law.”

The Senators cite the dramatic increase in frivolous ADA lawsuits and predatory demand letters – which rose 521 percent from 2005 to 2017.  A trend that has impacted credit unions in nearly 30 states and the District of Columbia. 

This latest letter adds to the growing support for DOJ action, including a bipartisan group of 103 Members of Congress and 19 State Attorneys General, both of which wrote letters sharing CUNA’s ADA concerns.

CUNA and the state credit union leagues continue their work to find a solution on the regulatory and legislative arenas and have filed a number of amicus briefs in support of credit unions targeted by frivolous lawsuits.  

In a separate development, arguments have been scheduled for October 30 before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit for an ADA website accessibility case involving the Department of Labor Federal Credit union.  Any decision by the court would set binding precedent for states in the Fourth Circuit (Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina).  CUNA filed an amicus brief in support of the credit union.