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House's Dear Colleague Letter Seeks to Clarify ADA Ambiguities
Friday, June 22, 2018 6:50 AM

More than 100 members of the U.S. House signed onto a letter submitted Wednesday to Attorney General Jeff Sessions to seek guidance and clarity on how to best comply with website standards for the Americans with Disabilities Act. America's credit unions continue to be targets of predatory litigation alleging ADA violations, specifically as it applies to websites. 

"It is important for Congress to act to provide greater clarity through the legislative process," the House letter reads. "However, in the meantime, it is also unfair and disruptive to subject businesses to litigation risk caused by insufficiently specific statutory language or even basic direction on compliance from the department. We respectfully urge you to help resolve this situation as soon as possible." 

Congressman Ted Budd (R-N.C.) and Congressman Lou Correa (D-Calif.) circulated the Dear Colleague letter requesting that the Department of Justice give the private sector guidance on the issue of website accessibility.   

Credit Union National Association has met frequently with the DOJ to discuss meritless claims alleged through these predatory lawsuits, which have increased 14 times in the last two years. Because of the organization's advocacy efforts, language was added to a House appropriations bill that would call for the DOJ to clarify website accessibility standards. 

This week, Cornerstone Credit Union League held its annual Hike the Hill in Washington, DC, and credit union advocates addressed the ADA issue with members of Congress. 

"We want to thank our members of Congress who signed onto this important letter and CUNA for its assistance in educating the DOJ and legislators about the pitfalls of vague website accessibility standards," said Cornerstone Chief Advocacy Officer Jim Phelps. "We also want to recognize the credit union professionals who joined us here this week for the Hike. As a united force, we delivered messages to lawmakers about the weight of regulatory burdens and the critical need for clarity on the ADA issue."