MFJ in the News

MFY Announces Partial Settlement of Three-Quarter House Lawsuit

MFY Legal Services, Inc. wishes to notify former residents of a three-quarter house located at 24 Suydam Street in Brooklyn that they may be entitled to funds as part of the partial settlement of a class action lawsuit. In order to be eligible for a payment from the settlement fund, former residents must submit a …

MFY Supports Greenpoint Tenants’ Demand for Livable Conditions

Tenants of the Greenpoint Hotel in Brooklyn, a large single room occupancy (SRO) hotel, demonstrated outside housing court, demanding that the building’s landlord be fined and arrested. MFY was inside, filing the tenants’ motion for contempt for ignoring a court order to make repairs. More here.

MFY’s Advocacy Leads to New Law Ending the Foreclosure “Shadow Docket”

MFY’s vigorous advocacy to end the foreclosure “shadow docket” led to a new law signed today by Governor Cuomo to end this abusive practice.  MFY’s 2011 report, Justice Deceived, showed how homeowners were prevented from getting loan modifications because lenders’ attorneys failed to file documents to move their cases to the settlement part. Read more.

Adult Home Residents Reach Settlement in Landmark Case

Adult home residents, together with the U.S. Department of Justice, reached a settlement that will enable residents of 23 large adult homes to live in supported housing in the community.   The settlement comes after decades of advocacy by MFY Legal Services and litigation in which the residents were represented by MFY, Disability Rights New York, the …

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 …

Bleak Conditions in Three Quarter Houses Exposed

The Crime Report exposes the bleak conditions at three quarter houses (or sober houses) across the country and discusses the challenges faced by residents and advocates, with commentary from MFY staff attorney Matthew Main.