The Michigan Credit Union League has filed an amicus brief in Federal Court supporting American 1 Credit Union as it battles a law suit alleging non-compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Axt.
MCUL’s brief is in support of a motion to dismiss filed by attorney and counselor Michael M. Bell of Howard & Howard law firm.
The lawsuit is the latest in a series brought by trial attorneys seeking judicial interpretation of the ADA as it applies to website accessibility, according to a MCUL press release.
“It’s unfortunate that in the absence of regulatory guidance, credit unions are forced to expend valuable time and resources defending themselves from frivolous lawsuits,” said Ken Ross, president and COO of MCUL. “Every dollar spent on lawyers – every minute spent not helping members – is a barrier put in front of well-meaning, community focused, not for profit institutions.”
In MCUL’s press release, Ross called for the Department of Justice to “address this issue head on and to provide credit unions across the nation with much-needed clarity.”
At the time MCUL filed its brief, more than 20 Michigan credit unions received demand letters from a single law firm alleging similar issues. Similar patterns are repeating all over the United States.
“As the voice of the Michigan credit union community, MCUL stands ready to defend against this troublesome trend of merit-less laws,” Ross said. “Credit Unions continue to do their best with ADA compliance in an uncertain environment.”
“Every dollar spent on lawyers – every minute spent not helping members – is a barrier put in front of well-meaning, community focused, not for profit institutions.”