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NEW YORK TIMES: On the List, and Not in a Good Way – A Tenant Blacklist, Culled From Tedium

On the List, and Not in a Good Way A Tenant Blacklist, Culled From Tedium By JULIE SATOW OCT. 16, 2014 At New York City Housing Court, on the second floor of a dingy office building in Lower Manhattan, a woman sits quietly with a shawl pulled around her shoulders, looking up names on an old government computer and copying…read more →

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 →

WNYC: Tenant ‘Blacklists’ Make It Difficult to Rent

By Mirela Iverac New Yorkers who end up in Housing Court can end up on a so-called tenant “blacklist” that can make it harder to find a new place to live. The lists are kept by tenant screening companies with support from the court system itself — which sells the data to the companies. Landlords and management companies review those…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 →

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 →

Tenants Can Bring Roberts Type Cases as Class Actions

On April 25, 2013 the Appellate Division, First Department issued three decisions that answered lingering questions regarding whether a Roberts-style case would be allowed to move forward as a class action.  In all three cases, the First Department decided that they could, allowing tenants to waive treble damage claims that would have triggered the penalty restriction in New York’s class…read more →

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