A class action lawsuit challenging unconstitutional practices of Access-A-Ride, New York City’s paratransit service for people with disabilities, received preliminary approval on May 19, 2016. Five plaintiffs with disabilities were represented by MFY Legal Services and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. Once the settlement is finally approved, NYC Transit must provide specific information on why […]
MFY Legal Services is representing one of five plaintiffs in a federal fair housing lawsuit filed May 12, 2016 charging discrimination against African Americans and people with rental subsidies. The suit details testing done over six months by the Fair Housing Justice Center and three African American testers that show a pattern of discrimination by […]
MFY Legal Services joined three-quarter house residents and City Council members on the steps of City Hall on April 20, 2016 to draw attention to a package of bills that will require more public information on the three-quarter houses, prevent landlords from requiring tenants to attend specific substance-abuse programs or get physicals from certain doctors, […]
MFY Legal Services attorney Tangier Harper testified today at a NYC Council hearing in support of four bills that will help to prevent tenant displacement and harassment. Ms. Harper cited the case of Bronx tenants who were compelled to vacate their building after a fire. The landlord made no repairs until forced to do so […]
Tens of thousands of low-income New Yorkers who were victims of abusive debt collectors won an unprecedented victory on November 12, 2015 when a settlement was reached, ending a six-year battle to achieve justice for low-income New Yorkers whose bank accounts were restrained or wages garnished after default judgments based on “sewer service” were entered against them.
“Thousands of low-income people across the state suffered severe financial consequences as a result of the callous and illegal actions of the three sets of defendants,” said MFY Supervising Attorney Carolyn Coffey, who co-counseled the case with Senior Staff Attorney Ariana Lindermeyer, and with the New Economy Project and Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady. “We expect this settlement will have far-reaching consequences across the debt-collection chain and will help to put an end to predatory practices by debt buyers and the law firms and process serving companies that work with them.”
MFY's 2016 Dinner-Theatre Benefit will take place on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 with cocktails and dinner at the Edison Ballroom followed by a performance of the new Broadway musical, Shuffle Along. The event will honor David Ichel and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and David Keyko and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.
Matthew Desmond's new book, Evicted, looks at the eviction epidemic in America, and the sobering facts of how housing costs impact poor families. Click here for a video on eviction narrated by the author. Click here to read an excerpt of the book.
MFY envisions a society in which there is equal justice for all.
MFY’s mission is to achieve social justice, prioritizing the needs of people who are low-income, disenfranchised or have disabilities. We do this through providing the highest quality direct civil legal assistance, providing community education, entering into partnerships, engaging in policy advocacy, and bringing impact litigation.
Our practice areas include:
Mental Health Consumers
Adult Home Residents
Public Benefits Recipients
Nursing Home Residents
Illegal Boarding House
Three-Quarter House Residents