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Consumer Reports — As a Type 1 diabetic, Sarah Stark expects to have to cope with a lot of medical bills. But one hassle that’s taken her by surprise is dealing with debt collectors. Earlier this year, she says, a debt collector claimed she owed a medical bill that she had already paid.
Patch — A few years ago, Brooklyn veteran David Evans got something strange in the mail — a notice that the MTA would be taking hundreds of dollars from his tax returns to pay for tickets from nearly 20 years ago.
Gothamist — While not particularly good at executing major capital projects or managing a budget or even running trains much of the time, the MTA is apparently very adept at squeezing money out of low-income riders.
Daily News — It turns out that the same MTA that fails, frustrates and delays New Yorkers daily shows astounding, relentless energy when it comes to seizing the tax refunds and slapping liens on the wages of subway customers accused of breaking low-level rules like smoking on a platform or riding between cars.
Inside City Hall — Our Legal Director Susan Shin joins plaintiff David Evans and Katherine Deabler-Meadows from the National Center for Law and Economic Justice to discuss a lawsuit filed against the New York City Transit Authority, alleging the agency is enforcing judgments against riders for decades-old infractions and then seizing their tax refunds without their knowledge.
In December 2016, New Economy Project filed a federal lawsuit against Bank of America, N.A., on behalf of George Campbell, a low-income, African-American New Yorker. The lawsuit alleges that Bank of America violated federal and state consumer protection laws by failing to properly investigate fraudulent, unauthorized activity on Mr. Campbell’s bank account. Mr. Campbell sought monetary and injunctive relief.
In November 2015, New Economy Project filed a federal lawsuit, with co-counsel, against the debt collection law firm Gutman, Mintz, Baker, and Sonnenfeldt (GMBS), on behalf of Franklin Arias, a New Yorker in his 70s whose only income is Social Security benefits. The lawsuit alleged that GMBS violated federal debt collection and state consumer protection […]
In April 2016, New Economy Project filed a federal lawsuit against the debt collection law firm Kavulich and Associates on behalf of Romain Prage, a low-income New Yorker. The lawsuit alleges that Kavulich violated federal debt collection and state consumer protection laws, and explicitly subverted New York’s Exempt Income Protection Act. Mr. Prage is seeking monetary and injunctive relief.
In November 2015, New Economy Project and allies reached a groundbreaking $59 million settlement in a class action lawsuit charging a network of debt collectors with civil racketeering (RICO), deceptive practices, and violations of federal debt collection law.
New Economy Project brought this case against Chase in 2012, exposing the banks’ role in facilitating — and profiting from — payday lenders’ illegal lending and debt collection practices. A 2013 settlement resulted in significant practice changes at the bank.