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In recent months, District Court judges have thrown out several lawsuits against credit unions over allegations that their websites do not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), but recent court filings show that at least three credit unions facing similar suits may be in for a tougher battle.

Judges for the Eastern District of Michigan and the Eastern District of Virginia have denied motions to dismiss cases against Casco, Michigan-based Belle River Community Credit Union; Jackson, Michigan-based Aeroquip Credit Union and Silver Spring, Maryland-based FedFinancial Federal Credit Union, meaning those disputes will likely continue to work their way through the court system.

The cases center around claims similar to those made in over 100 other lawsuits against credit unions over the several months: that the credit unions’ websites allegedly lacked text that allowed screen readers to describe the sites’ graphics verbally, contained redundant links that created navigation problems for blind users and had empty or missing form labels, which made the sites more cumbersome for blind users.

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