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Cornerstone and CUNA File Another Brief in Support of CU’s Motion to Dismiss ADA Website Lawsuit
Monday, April 2, 2018 7:00 AM

Today, Cornerstone Credit Union League, in partnership with the Credit Union National Association, filed an amicus brief supporting a motion to dismiss the frivolous Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) website lawsuit filed against Local 20 IBEW Federal Credit Union in the Northern District of Texas.

The brief argues that the plaintiff, a California resident, does not have standing to bring suit because she is not eligible for the credit union’s field of membership. The brief also argues that a website is not a place of public accommodation, among other legal arguments. With your CU Passport ID and password, you can view a copy of the brief.

"Credit unions across the country have been hit with virtually identical frivolous lawsuits from plaintiffs' firms exploiting a law designed to protect those with legitimate disabilities," said Cornerstone President/CEO Caroline Willard. "Cornerstone vigorously opposes such predation and supports credit unions in their defense against the allegations. Again, we urge Congress to confirm that the ADA does not apply to websites."

“We continue to see additional demand letters alleging illegitimate claims," said Cornerstone SVP Regulatory Compliance Counsel Suzanne Yashewski. "Such claims do a disservice to legitimate ADA complaints and harm credit unions' ability to serve their members. A favorable ruling in this case will benefit credit unions in the Cornerstone region and across the country."

Cornerstone extends thanks to CUNA and the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP for their assistance in drafting the brief in support of credit unions.

Member credit unions that have received demand letters or have been served with a lawsuit are encouraged to contact Suzanne directly to determine how Cornerstone may assist at or 512-853-8516.  Cornerstone may be able to provide an amicus brief in support of your case, or possibly financial assistance.