The New York Times’ article on federal efforts to crack down on abusive debt collection practices by banks and retailers features comments by an MFY client who was the victim of such practices and by Carolyn Coffey, supervising attorney of MFY’s Consumer Rights Project. MFY has taken a leadership role in advocating for stronger policies […]
MFY, on behalf of 19 consumer organizations, filed an amicus motion in the 2nd Circuit, urging the Court to reverse a District Court decision that invalidated a city law requiring debt collection law firms to be licensed and regulated by the Department of Consumer Affairs as debt collectors because their actions are no different than […]
Fox News reports on cases challenging abusive debt collection practices, including MFY’s objections to a Midland Funding settlement and class action lawsuit, Sykes v. Mel S. Harris.
In testimony to the NYS Assembly, MFY shows how credit report errors lead to denials of employment, housing and loans to low-income consumers and recommends steps to better protect consumers.
MFY Legal Services and Pro Bono Net joined forces to provide New Yorkers sued for consumer debt with online pro se forms and other resources to effectively respond to a lawsuit, along with court forms and resources for advocates and attorneys.
In a decision filed February 26, 2013, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected an inadequate settlement and vacated a judgment certifying a nationwide class in a case involving claims that robo-signing of affidavits violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. The Federal Trade Commission and at least 38 state attorneys general, along with several […]
MFY attorney Evan Denerstein presented testimony to the New York City Council Committee on Higher Education about the problems faced by students in for-profit colleges and training programs, from the failure of schools to deliver on promises to high rates of default on student loans.
As the Supervising Attorney for MFY’s Consumer Rights Project, Carolyn Coffee discusses how companies abuse the judicial system to collect consumer debt in a video filmed by the Civil Legal Advice and Referral Office.
In a letter to the New York Law Journal published on January 8, 2013, MFY staff attorney Ariana Lindermayer responds to a recent article that heralded a federal court decision (Berman v. New York City) that struck down a NewYork City law requiring all debt collectors, including debt collection attorneys, to be licensed. Ms. Lindermayer […]
Tuesday, December 11, 2012–MFY’s Consumer Rights Project, in conjunction with Pro Bono Net, launched The NYC Consumer Debt Defense Project website today at www.probono.net/ny/consumer/. The website serves as a resource for pro bono, private, and legal services attorneys to share data, forms, news and information about trends and developments in the area of consumer debt. […]