ADA Lawsuit Dismissal Upheld

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has upheld the dismissal of another lawsuit related to unclear Web site accessibility standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The lawsuit was against Herndon, Virginia-based Northwest FCU.

The original complaint against Northwest was dismissed in January 2018 and an amended complaint in the lawsuit was dismissed in April 2018. The court agreed that the plaintiff lacked standing. The Fourth Circuit previously issued a similar decision in a case against the U.S. Department of Labor FCU.

Credit unions across the country started being targeted by meritless lawsuits under the ADA due to unclear Web site accessibility requirements in Fall 2017. At least ten complaints involving credit unions have been dismissed. There have been no new federal lawsuits filed against credit unions since April 2018.

Credit unions support the protections of the ADA but believe that its goals are achieved through clear Web site compliance standards rather than frivolous lawsuits.