MFY has retained the ACLU to represent it in an administrative FOIA appeal. On April 24, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) refused to disclose consumers’ complaints narratives and CFPB’s follow-up to the complaints under FOIA’s privacy exemption (Exemption 6) in response to MFY’s inquiry. In its appeal, the ACLU has challenged such a …
MFY supports amendments to Domestic Relations Law 72 to give relative caregivers (e.g. aunts, uncles, older siblings, etc.) the same rights as grandparents when seeking legal guardianship or custody of a related child who has been in their care for two years or more.
MFY, on behalf of 19 consumer organizations, filed an amicus motion in the 2nd Circuit, urging the Court to reverse a District Court decision that invalidated a city law requiring debt collection law firms to be licensed and regulated by the Department of Consumer Affairs as debt collectors because their actions are no different than …
MFY applauds the First Department’s decision in Bonito v. Avalon to hold employers who profit from unpaid wages accountable, affirming rules that make it harder to hide behind corporate shells when workers sue. MFY and six other worker advocacy groups filed an amicus curiae brief in the case.
At a press conference on May 30, 2013, MFY joined advocacy groups and low-wage workers in calling on New York State to ensure that all workers, including those who receive tips, receive a real increase in minimum wages and that the state address the backlog in minimum wage and overtime pay complaints from workers.
MFY clients Joyce Harden and Melissa Jaime, both victims of improper foreclosure procedures by Wells Fargo, are featured in news reports around NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s announcement of legal action against major banks for violating the national mortgage settlement agreement.
An article in DNA.info describes how MFY attorneys and Cardozo Law School students teamed up to help Hurricane Sandy victims. Students assisted MFY attorneys in helping clients while earning hours toward their requirement of 50 hours of pro bono service.
Fox News reports on cases challenging abusive debt collection practices, including MFY’s objections to a Midland Funding settlement and class action lawsuit, Sykes v. Mel S. Harris.
In testimony before the NYC Rent Guidelines Board, MFY urged the city to protect Single Room Occupancy dwellings, the housing of last resort for single New Yorkers living in poverty.
MFY supports New York State Assembly legislation to improve evacuation procedures for nursing homes and other facilities and offers suggestions to further improve safety for New Yorkers living in nursing homes, adult homes and similar facilities.