Consumer Rights

Harassed, Terrorized and Swindled, A Queens Man Sues Used Car Dealer

MFY Legal Services is representing a Queens man who filed suit on October 4 in federal court, charging the New York Motor Group tricked and coerced him into signing documents he was not permitted to first read, which doubled the agreed-upon purchase price. When the buyer and others who had been similarly swindled carried out …

MFY Comments on Proposed State Debt Collection Rules

In October 2013, MFY submitted comments regarding debt collection rules proposed by the NYS Department of Financial Services.  Overall, MFY supports the implementation of rules and believes they will help alleviate some of the debt collection problems faced by our clients, but raises concerns about the length and content of the rules and offers suggestions …

CFPB to Rein In Abusive Debt Collectors

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 …

6th Circuit Appeals Decision Is a Victory for Consumers

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 …

Examining the Value of For-Profit Colleges

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.

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