MFY supports swift passage of the Consumer Credit Fairness Act (CCFA) (A. 4438), which would strengthen the pleading requirements in debt collection cases, enhance notice requirements, and require greater information when applying for a default judgment, thereby leveling the playing field for pro se litigants. CCFA will codify many of the provisions found in the [...]
A home health care worker formerly employed by First Care of New York, Inc. won class certification allowing his lawsuit against the agency on behalf of hundreds of home health care workers to proceed. The worker, represented by MFY Legal Services and Abbey Spanier LLP, charges that the agency failed to pay him the required [...]
Tens of thousands of New Yorkers who were never served legal papers in debt collection cases and had default judgments based on robosigned affidavits entered against them between 2006 and 2009 will have their day in court. In a suit brought on behalf of consumers by MFY Legal Services, the New Economy Project, and Emery [...]
After three children ran away from their adoptive parent, their older brother took them in and secured legal guardianship. But the city kept paying a subsidy to the adoptive parent. The Bronx Family Court ordered the adoptive parent the pay back and ongoing support to the older brother, who was struggling to provide for his [...]
MFY attorney Chantal Hernandez won an important victory for homeowners in foreclosure with a decision by the Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department that holds that a bank’s failure to follow federal government regulations constitutes a failure to negotiate in good faith. The court also agreed that tolling of interest on the mortgage while the bank [...]
In August 2014, MFY and Legal Services-NYC submitted an amicus brief to the New York Court of Appeals in the case of Santiago-Monteverde v. Pereira, arguing that a rent-stabilized lease should be exempt from a debtor’s bankruptcy estate as a “local public assistance benefit.” The New York Court of Appeals agreed today, helping to end [...]
A Manhattan Supreme Court Judge ruled that the NYC Department of Education’s (DOE) denial of re-employment to a paraprofessional with a past drunk driving conviction despite a record of rehabilitation and successful employment was arbitrary and capricious and ordered the DOE to expedite the employment application. Read the NY Law Journal’s coverage here.
MFY Supervising Attorneys Michael Grinthal and Barbara Graves-Poller spoke out on the difficulties clients face in state courts when interpreters are not available in an October 28, 2014 article in the New York Law Journal.
MFY Legal Services and Legal Services-NYC submitted an amicus brief to the NY Court of Appeals urging the court to find that rent-stabilized leases are not assets subject to liquidation in a bankruptcy proceeding.
MFY submitted comments in support of CFPB’s policy proposal that consumers be allowed to release their complaint narratives to the public through a complaint database. Current complaint categories provide little understanding of the consumer’s experience. Releasing the narratives will reveal potential predatory lending in the communities MFY serves.