MFJ in the News

Advocating Emotional Support Animals in No-Pets Housing

MFY Attorney Dinah Luck shows the importance of emotional support animals in promoting the wellbeing of people with mental illness and outlines how advocates can successfully advocate for clients who live in no-pets housing in an article in the May-June issue of Clearinghouse Review.

After a Decade of Litigation, Relief for NYC Adult Home Residents

The spring 2014 issue of the New York State Bar Association’s Elder and Special Needs Law Journal features an article by MFY attorney Jota Borgmann detailing the decade-long litigation that led to a settlement allowing thousands of adult home residents in 23 large adult homes to move into supported housing in the community.

MFY Clients Help Expose Heavy-Handed Medicaid Sales Tactics

After interviewing many MFY clients displaced by Hurricane Sandy and working with MFY Attorney Jota Borgmann and others, the New York Times published a scathing exposé on the heavy handed sales tactics used to entice vulnerable New Yorkers to accept Medicaid managed care plans. Read MFY’s letter to the Governor and others, and a case …

Taking Aim at Debt Vultures

An op-ed in the Daily News on May 7, 2014 highlights MFY’s defense of a victim of unscrupulous debt collectors and applauds Chief Judge Lippman’s efforts to rein in abusive debt collectors.

MFY Urges Support for Consumer Credit Fairness Act

MFY Legal Services is urging state legislators to support the Consumer Credit Fairness Act, which will help protect consumers against abusive debt collection practices. Listen to Supervising Attorney Carolyn Coffey’s speak about the bill on WCNY.

MFY Files Class Action Suit on Behalf of Cable Installers

On March 14, 2014, MFY Legal Services and co-counsel Levy Davis & Maher LLP filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of former employees of C & I Associates, Inc., a cable installation services company, alleging that it systematically failed to pay its employees for waiting time and overtime.

Court Approves Landmark Settlement in Adult Home Case

In a memorandum and order issued today, U.S. District Court Judge Nicholas Garaufis approved a settlement between New York State, the U.S. Department of Justice, and a class of approximately 4,000 adult home residents.  The settlement ensures that thousands of adult home residents in New York City will have the opportunity to move out of …

Parking Lot Attendant Sues for Unpaid Wages

A worker represented by MFY Legal Services filed suit in New York Supreme Court alleging that the operators of the Queens parking lot where he frequently worked over 80 hours per week failed to pay him the minimum wage and did not pay any overtime.  Read the complaint here.