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    Friday, 26 September 2014

    September 26, 2014, New York, NY—Legal Services NYC's Brooklyn program yesterday obtained a favorable decision related to our Saint-Jean v. Emigrant case. The lawsuit was filed in April 2011 on behalf of minority homeowners who were misled into taking out high-cost, predatory loans.

    Wednesday, 24 September 2014

    Fund knew that neither spouse could speak or read English when it directed them to sign away right to survivor benefits

    September 24, 2014, New York, NY— A non-English speaking widow today filed a federal lawsuit against the New York Hotel Trades Council and Hotel Association of New York City, Inc. Pension Fund, challenging the wrongful denial of her application for a survivor annuity following her husband’s untimely death. The Plaintiff is represented by Legal Services NYC’s Brooklyn Program and Legal Services NYC’s Equal Rights Initiative.

    Thursday, 18 September 2014

    Residents Claim Goldfarb Properties Is Forcing Them Out of Rent-Stabilized Apartments

    September 18, 2014, New York, NY— Public Advocate Letitia James and four individuals represented by Legal Services NYC-Bronx have filed a federal lawsuit alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, and New York State and City anti-discrimination laws in connection with planned elevator outages in four buildings owned by Goldfarb Properties in the Bronx.

    Monday, 15 September 2014

    Pinnacle Tenants eligible for monetary damages have an extended deadline of December 31, 2014 to submit claims

    September 15, 2014, New York, NY— More than 30,000 tenants across 550 Pinnacle-owned buildings in New York City may be eligible for monetary damages under the court-approved settlement of a class action lawsuit that challenged Pinnacle’s treatment of tenants with rent-controlled and rent-stabilized apartments.

    Legal Services NYC and The Legal Aid Society have set up a Pinnacle Legal Assistance Helpline at 1-888-736-8115 to provide free legal help to current and former Pinnacle tenants, regardless of income, in understanding the terms of the settlement agreement and filing claims before the new extended deadline of December 31, 2014.  The earlier deadline of October 27, 2014 was extended due to Pinnacle’s failure to provide information necessary for effective outreach regarding the settlement.

    Monday, 15 September 2014

    A powerful Associated Press report tells the story of our client, Ms. Coleman, who is being evicted from public housing along with her teenaged daughter because of her son's criminal activity. Federal and NYCHA housing guidelines allow allow for a whole family to be evicted for one family member's alleged criminal activity — even if it occurred elsewhere and no one in the household knew about it. 

    Monday, 08 September 2014

    Sonja Shield September 8, 2014, Brooklyn, NY— The LGBT & HIV Unit at our Brooklyn program recently successfully represented a client whose landlords mounted a campaign of harassment and threats against him when they found out that he was gay and HIV positive.

    (Right: Brooklyn Legal Services Senior Staff Attorney Sonja Shield)

    Our client rented his apartment in 2007 from a married couple who owned a building in Bed-Stuy. Things were fine for years until the summer of 2011, when his landlords somehow learned about his status. At that point, they started harassing, threatening, and trying to evict him. They banged on his apartment door and threw rocks at his windows; yelled threatening statements at him; shut off his heat and hot water; sent him harassing text messages; told neighbors that he had AIDS; and threatened that they would kill or injure him. 


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