Constituent Topic: Consumer Rights

MFY to Speak at Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Hearing

MFY Supervising Attorney Carolyn Coffey will join Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFBP) Director Richard Cordray and others in speaking at a field hearing on debt collection to be held in Seattle, Washington at 10 a.m. (PST) on October 24, 2012. Ms. Coffey, a nationally recognized expert on debt collection abuse, will share MFY’s experience in […]

Class Action Lawsuit Challenges Debt Collector’s Phony IRS Threat

MFY Legal Services and the Law Offices of Ahmad Keshavarz are representing a Queens city worker in a class action lawsuit against APIM LLC, an unlicensed debt collector that falsely threatened to report the worker’s debt to the IRS if payment was not made immediately. The complaint alleges that APIM used deceptive practices and also […]

Lawsuit against Debt Collection Ring Moves Forward as Class Action

Judge Denny Chin granted class action status in a case brought on behalf of more than 100,000 New Yorkers harmed by a massive consumer debt collection scheme. The suit charges that a debt collection ring engaged in persistent robo-signing and conspired to defraud New Yorkers of millions of dollars in violation of federal racketerring and […]

Carolyn E. Coffey to Receive NYCLA Public Service Award

Carolyn E. Coffey, supervising attorney of MFY’s Consumer Rights Project, will receive the New York County Lawyers’ Association’s Public Service Award at a ceremony on September 12, 2012.  Ms. Coffey has played a leading role in winning greater protections for New Yorkers against improper debt collection practices and led the effort to tighten regulations on […]

MFY Urges Greater Federal Protections for Low-Income Consumers

In written testimony to the federal Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, MFY urged the agency to apply the protections provided under Regulation E to all GPR prepaid cards, to require easy-to-read fee disclosures, to prohibit overdraft fees and credit features, to prohibit deceptive claims about building credit, and to eliminate pre-dispute arbitration clauses.

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