Recent news of Northwest Federal Credit Union’s successful challenge to an ADA lawsuit may seem like an omen for the industry, but it doesn’t mean similar cases against other credit unions will necessarily end the same way — or that new suits won’t arrive, one industry attorney has warned.

Herndon, Virginia-based Northwest Federal Credit Union, which has $3.3 billion in assets and about 251,000 members, is one of over 70 credit unions around the country that have been sued in recent months over the ADA accessibility of their websites. On Friday, Virginia District Court Judge Claude Hilton ruled that the credit union’s website is not a public place of accommodation and that the plaintiff in the case had no standing because he wasn’t eligible to join the credit union.  

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