FORTH WORTH, Texas – With the expectation of more such actions, a blind woman filed suit yesterday in federal court against Forth Worth Community CU, alleging the credit union’s ATM she uses does not comply with the recently enacted visually impaired provisions of the Americans With Disabilities Act.
The plaintiff in the latest suit, Jessica Thomasson, is represented by Pittsburgh attorney R. Bruce Carlson, who has filed more than three dozen ADA suits against credit unions and banks in Pennsylvania and Texas over the past three months.
Several Carlson suits have been settled with the ATM owners agreeing to make their machines accessible to the blind with the credit union or bank agreeing to pay costs and lawyer’s fees. Carlson has declined several requests for comment.
According to the latest suit, Thomasson suffered from retinopathy of prematurity and has been completely blind since age five. She regularly uses ATMs that are accessible to the blind.