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WASHINGTON AND INDUSTRY BRIEFS

NAFCU Working With Credit Unions
to Push Back on ADA Lawsuits

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AFCU 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
been targeted.

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.
The lawsuits focus on an ambiguous
area of the ADA. The Department of
Justice has never promulgated regulations regarding website accessibility
for public accommodation under this
statute, and it has withdrawn previous
advance notices of proposed rulemaking addressing it.
NAFCU has sent a cease-and-desist
letter to one of the law firms - Pacific
Trial Attorneys - that has been targeting
credit unions for ADA action. It has also
asked the Federal Trade Commission to
look into the rise in ADA lawsuits, and
to press the Justice Department to issue
clear ADA website standards.
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NAFCU's Dan Berger, writing in January, demanded that the firm targeting credit unions
cease and desist and retract its threats of litigation over website accessibility.

The association has engaged on this issue
with other stakeholders as well as Congress, states' attorneys general and the

Department of Justice itself. It has also
posted numerous resources online for
credit unions at www.nafcu.org/ada.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The NAFCU Journal March - April 2018

Conferences
From the Chair
Your Washington Watchdog
Advocacy Snapshot
Washington and Industry Briefs
Growth Strategies
Understanding Risk and Managing It
The Board of Directors
Best-of-Class Strategies for Retaining Top Talent
Executive Spotlight
Management Insight
Compliance Central
Inside NAFCU Services
From the President’s Desk
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The NAFCU Journal March - April 2018 - Conferences
The NAFCU Journal March - April 2018 - From the Chair
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The NAFCU Journal March - April 2018 - Advocacy Snapshot
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The NAFCU Journal March - April 2018 - Washington and Industry Briefs
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The NAFCU Journal March - April 2018 - Growth Strategies
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The NAFCU Journal March - April 2018 - Understanding Risk and Managing It
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The NAFCU Journal March - April 2018 - The Board of Directors
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The NAFCU Journal March - April 2018 - Best-of-Class Strategies for Retaining Top Talent
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The NAFCU Journal March - April 2018 - Executive Spotlight
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The NAFCU Journal March - April 2018 - Management Insight
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The NAFCU Journal March - April 2018 - Compliance Central
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The NAFCU Journal March - April 2018 - Inside NAFCU Services
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