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James Fishman Interviewed for Credit Reporting Inaccuracy Story

“We asked a credit attorney with 37 years of experience what Alexis should do. Not surprisingly, James B. Fishman said she should file suit. But it’s not a self-serving statement. Fishman points out that a lawsuit gets the serious attention of credit agencies. “One thing I have almost always seen is that simply by filing the lawsuit the problem gets…read more →


A class action suit filed yesterday in New York State Supreme Court alleges that the “New York Landlord-Tenant Law” book, commonly known as the “Tanbook,” published by Matthew Bender, a division of LexisNexis, contains numerous omissions and inaccuracies rendering it completely unreliable to its purchasers. The book, currently selling for $120.00, is widely used by numerous attorneys, judges, tenant advocates…read more →

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 →

Lawsuit Filed Against Equifax On Behalf of Man Named “God”

On April 11, 2014, Fishman & Mallon, LLP filed a federal lawsuit against Equifax, one of the “Big 3” credit reporting agencies, on behalf of God Gazarov, a Russian immigrant named after his grandfather. Despite his excellent credit history with Experian and Trans Union, Mr. Gazarov has had difficulties for years obtaining loans, and has paid unfairly high interest rates,…read more →