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.
New York City Council Member Annabel Palma, Assembly Member Luis Sepulveda and MFY Legal Services joined forces to advocate for a security guard who was discriminated against and fired after he requested a reasonable accommodation from his employer for his Tourette’s and epilepsy conditions. A complaint of discrimination is pending with the federal Equal Employment [...]
An article in the ABA Journal, Debt-buying industry and lax court review are burying defendants in defaults, provides an overview of the problem of default judgments in debt cases and highlights new practices in several states. MFY Supervising Attorney Carolyn Coffey comments on New York’s backlog in filing documents required by debt buyers seeking default [...]
Appearing in Family Court is a difficult experience for many caregivers. MFY’s new guide, Family Court 101: What Caregivers Should Know before Going to Family Court, provides practical advice on how to prepare for the appearance, navigate the court system, and understand the language of the law. It is especially useful for kinship caregivers seeking [...]
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.”
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