Consumer Rights

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.

CLARO Interviews MFY on Consumer Debt

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.

Attorneys Should Embrace Debt Collector Rules

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 …

MFY and Pro Bono Net Launch New Consumer Web Site

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 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. …