NAFCU has been fighting
alongside credit unions to
push back on several of the
meritless lawsuits filed in
recent months under the Americans
With Disabilities Act (ADA) over website
accessibility. Credit unions across the
country began receiving demand letters
and threats of legal action last year, and
this year dozens more credit unions have
By late January, NAFCU had filed as
amicus curiae in four of these ADA suits.
One of the suits — targeting Northwest
Federal Credit Union — has since been
resolved in the credit union’s favor. In its
ruling, the court determined the plaintiff
lacked standing to sue because he was
not eligible for membership and would
not likely use the credit union’s services.
The court also indicated a website is not
a place of public accommodation, so certain
ADA protections were not triggered.
From the March-April 2018 issue of The NAFCU Journal magazine.