MFJ in the News

MFY Supports Tightening NYC Rules to Protect Tenants during Building Renovations

MFY testified today in support of NY City Council legislation to require landlords to reduce the number of hazardous violations in their buildings before receiving permits for renovation and construction, and to obtain a certificate of no harassment before receiving building permits. These bills merely require what should not be controversial: that landlords ensure the …

Judge Orders Three-Quarter House to Stop Harassing Tenants

A Manhattan judge granted a preliminary injunction barring a three-quarter house landlord from harassing tenants. After three tenants represented by MFY Legal Services won eviction cases in Housing Court, the three-quarter house operator cut off heat, discarded tenants’ food, and required them to move to different rooms every 28 days in an attempt to evade …

MFY Urges NYS to Ban Mandatory Arbitration

In testimony before NYS Assembly committees investigating mandatory arbitration clauses in contracts, MFY Staff Attorney Nicole Arrindell  showed how this system is biased and rigged against low-income consumers and low-wage workers, and urged the Assembly to ban it.

Three-Quarter House Tenants Win Injunction Prohibiting Evictions

Three-quarter house residents represented by MFY won a preliminary injunction prohibiting NRI Group, a large operator, from evicting tenants without court process, mistreating tenants so as to pressure them to move out, and retaliating against tenants who have resisted eviction. Although the tenants had won illegal eviction cases against NRI in housing court, the operator …

MFY Joins Civil Rights Complaint against Success Academy Charter Schools

MFY joined with other advocates and New York City elected officials in a complaint to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights asserting that Success Academy has violated the rights of students with disabilities by failing to identify them or provide reasonable accommodations, by coercing them to leave Success Academy when they require …

Victims of Debt Collection Scheme Win $59 Million Settlement

MFY Legal Services, the New Economy Project and Emery Celli Brinkerhoff & Abady settled a class action lawsuit yesterday on behalf of more than 300,000 victims of abusive debt collection practices in New York State for $59 million. In addition to the fund, some 190,000 judgments are to be vacated.

MFY and Elected Officials Demand Justice for Security Guard with Disabilities

New York City Council Member Annabel Palma, Assembly Member Luis Sepulveda and MFY Legal Services joined forces to advocate for a security guard who was discriminated against and fired after he requested a reasonable accommodation from his employer for his Tourette’s and epilepsy conditions. A complaint of discrimination is pending with the federal Equal Employment …

MFY Comments on Problems with Debt Cases in the Courts

An article in the ABA Journal, Debt-buying industry and lax court review are burying defendants in defaults, provides an overview of the problem of default judgments in debt cases and highlights new practices in several states. MFY Supervising Attorney Carolyn Coffey comments on New York’s backlog in filing documents required by debt buyers seeking default …

MFY Publishes New Guide for Caregivers Going to Family Court

Appearing in Family Court is a difficult experience for many caregivers. MFY’s new guide, Family Court 101: What Caregivers Should Know before Going to Family Court, provides practical advice on how to prepare for the appearance, navigate the court system, and understand the language of the law. It is especially useful for kinship caregivers seeking …

MFY: Seniors Need Greater Protections when Assisted Living Facilities Close

Kevin Cremin, MFY’s Director of Litigation for Aging & Disability Rights, comments that New York State’s Department of Health rules on closures of assisted living facilities fail to protect seniors, even those who have lived in these residences for many years. An article in The Atlantic Citylab explores what happens when seniors can’t count on …

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