In testimony before NYS Assembly committees investigating mandatory arbitration clauses in contracts, MFY Staff Attorney Nicole Arrindell showed how this system is biased and rigged against low-income consumers and low-wage workers, and urged the Assembly to ban it.
Three-quarter house residents represented by MFY won a preliminary injunction prohibiting NRI Group, a large operator, from evicting tenants without court process, mistreating tenants so as to pressure them to move out, and retaliating against tenants who have resisted eviction. Although the tenants had won illegal eviction cases against NRI in housing court, the operator […]
MFY joined with other advocates and New York City elected officials in a complaint to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights asserting that Success Academy has violated the rights of students with disabilities by failing to identify them or provide reasonable accommodations, by coercing them to leave Success Academy when they require […]
MFY Legal Services, the New Economy Project and Emery Celli Brinkerhoff & Abady settled a class action lawsuit yesterday on behalf of more than 300,000 victims of abusive debt collection practices in New York State for $59 million. In addition to the fund, some 190,000 judgments are to be vacated.
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 is accepting applications for Pro Bono Scholars for the spring '17 semester; Post Graduate Fellows funded by law schools and others; and summer internships and term-time externships for law students.
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.
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, community education and partnerships, policy advocacy and 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