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NYC Consumer Debt Defense Project: Podcast 6: The Intersection of FDCPA and L&T Law

In this episode, we take a look at the intersection of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and L&T law. To help us do that, we spoke with James Fishman, from the law firm of Fishman & Mallon. We spoke with Mr. Fishman about his pioneering use of consumer protection statutes in the housing law area. In particular, we spoke…read more →

Tenants Awarded 50K in Attorney’s Fees in Dispute with Landlord!

Tenants Awarded Fees in Dispute With Landlord Brendan Pierson New York Law Journal 2013-11-22 00:00:00.0 Manhattan Civil Court Housing Part Judge Arlene Hahn (See Profile) recently awarded more than $49,000 in legal fees to tenants who prevailed in a rent dispute with their landlord. The award included “fees on fees” and attorney fees on appellate motions the tenants lost. The…read more →

Landlord Lawyers Slammed After Suing Tenant for Rent Not Owed

James Fishman, assisted by Jennifer Addonizio Rozen and associate Susan Crumiller recently won a significant victory on behalf of New York City tenants in Lee v. Kucker & Bruh (“K&B”) that should have a major impact on the way landlords bring non-payment eviction cases in the Housing Court. Our client, Raymond Lee, is an elderly rent controlled tenant who lived…read more →

Conason v Megan Holding, LLC

Orders, Supreme Court, New York County (Joan M. Kenney, J.), entered October 16, 2012 and October 17, 2012, which, inter alia, granted plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment and denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint, unanimously affirmed, without costs.

The Real Deal: Washington Heights renter prevails in “game changer” case

  By David Jones Law firm Kucker & Bruh will have to cough up $22,000 to an 82-year-old Washington Heights tenant, who claimed the firm launched a bogus eviction case against him on behalf of a landlord client — a case said to be the first of its kind. Rafael Lee, a resident of 810 West 183rd Street, claimed the…read more →

New York Law Journal: Debt Collecting Firm Is Found Liable for ‘Benign’ Error

By John Caher A debt collecting law firm that “blindly” relied on a client’s records and mistakenly went after an 82-year-old tenant is liable for Fair Debt Collection Practices Act damages even though the slip-up was “benign” and it backed off immediately after learning of the error, a Southern District judge has held. Judge Lorna Schofield stressed that the Fair Debt…read more →