In comments today to proposed rules on debt collection, MFY urged the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to adopt strong rules and robust enforcement mechanisms to protect consumers from abusive debt collection practices.
A worker represented by MFY Legal Services filed suit in New York Supreme Court alleging that the operators of the Queens parking lot where he frequently worked over 80 hours per week failed to pay him the minimum wage and did not pay any overtime. Read the complaint here.
Arguing that a landlord should not be allowed to evict a tenant after waiting four years to bring a non-payment of rent claim, MFY attorneys Sandra Gresl and Scott Stamper used the legal concept known as “laches” to win a significant reduction in rent arrears and prevent the tenant’s eviction. Click here to read the [...]
MFY attorney Dinah Luck convinced the court to dismiss a summary holdover after showing that the owner deliberately misstated the apartment’s rent-regulated status in court filings. The judge clarified that the requirement to correctly categorize a tenant’s status is “no mere technicality” but instead a necessary piece of information to notify tenants and courts alike [...]
Join MFY on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 for our annual Dinner-Theatre Benefit honoring Governor Howard Dean. The festivities begin with Cocktails & Dinner at The Edison Ballroom, followed by Bullets Over Broadway at the St. James Theatre.
MFY Legal Services’ annual training series for the staff of elected officials includes workshops on Workers’ Rights, Housing, Consumer Rights, Bankruptcy, Disability & Aging, Family Law and Public Benefits. Continuing on March 14, 2014, with a presentation entitled, Consumer Rights: Identity Theft, Exempt Income Protection Act, and Community Resources, workshops are held every other week at MFY’s office in lower Manhattan. Click here for the schedule and registration information.
MFY has updated "Nursing Homes and Alternatives," originally published by Friends & Relatives of the Institutionalized Aged (FRIA). Called "the bible of long-term care for the elderly and their caregivers," this book has been used by many families to ensure that their relatives receive the care they deserve.
Three-Quarter Houses: The View from the Inside, a report released October 17, 2013 by the Prisoner Reentry Institute (PRI) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, reveals rampant building violations, dangerous overcrowding, and unlawful evictions in an unregulated industry that preys on people who have no other housing options. MFY’s Three-Quarter House Project partnered with PRI, residents and other advocates to help produce the report.
MFY held a Pro Bono Recognition Awards Breakfast on Friday, December 6, 2013 at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in Manhattan to recognize the important work done by private attorneys and others to improve access to justice for MFY's clients. Honorees include State Senator Brad Hoylman for his efforts to expand justice for tenants, consumers, workers and patients; Ropes & Gray LLP for its participation in MFY's externship and re-entry programs; DLA Piper LLP for co-counseling a major class action case on behalf of adult home residents; and Dora Galacatos and Fordham Law School's Feerick Center for outstanding work to encourage pro bono participation.
MFY's 50th Anniversary Alumni Reunion was held on Sept. 26. To see photos, listen to panel presentation and stay connected, click here.
MFY marked its 50th anniversary with a Gala on June 13, 2013 at Capitale in lower Manhattan. Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman presented awards to Judge Judith S. Kaye and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom for their commitment to expanding access to justice for the poor. The evening's master of ceremonies was Harry Smith, NBC Correspondent. Click here for photos.
Click here to see externs from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP speak about their experiences preserving affordable housing for low-income New Yorkers (four-minute video).
MFY Legal Services, Inc. envisions a society in which no one is denied justice because he or she cannot afford an attorney. To make this vision a reality, MFY provides free legal assistance to residents of New York City on a wide range of civil legal issues, prioritizing services to vulnerable and under-served populations, while simultaneously working to end the root causes of inequities through impact litigation, law reform and policy advocacy.