Consumer Rights

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 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. …

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 …

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