A federal district court in Virginia Friday threw out a lawsuit brought against a credit union alleging website accessibility issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Credit unions are facing increasing legal threats due to confusion over how the ADA applies to websites, and CUNA has made it a top priority.

The court also expressly holds that a website is not a place of public accommodation, taking the approach that a place of public accommodation must be a brick-and-mortar location.

U.S. District Judge Claude M. Hilton decided to dismiss Carroll v. Northwest FCU after finding the plaintiff was not eligible to join the credit union, and therefore unable to suffer any harm or injury.

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