MFJ in the News

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 …

The Second-Mortgage Shell Game

In a February 18, 2013 Op-Ed in the New York Times, MFY Attorney Elizabeth M. Lynch reveals how flaws in government settlements with banks have failed to stem foreclosures and keep people in their homes.

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.

MFY Files Amicus Brief on Unpaid Wages

MFY, with six other worker advocacy groups, submitted an amicus brief to the Appellate Division, First Department of the New York Supreme Court, in Bonito v. Avalon Partners (N.Y. County Clerk Index No. 650541/2011), supporting legal rules that would help low-wage workers recover unpaid wages from employers who try to dodge liability.

Queens Hit with New Wave of Foreclosures

MFY foreclosure attorney Elizabeth Lynch comments in articles in the New York Post and The Queens Ledger on a new wave of foreclosures in Queens that is affecting middle-class homeowners who have fallen behind on mortgage payments due to loss of employment or other financial problems related to the poor economy.

MFY Files Amicus Brief with the Second Circuit

MFY submitted an amicus brief to the Second Circuit in January 2013 in In re Santiago-Monteverde (12-4131), on a troubling issue in bankruptcy court that pertains to rent stabilized tenants. Read the brief here.

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.