Significant Litigation & Projects
Below are examples of the kinds of cases and causes the Western New York Law Center undertook in the last few years on behalf of our community.
Black Love Resists et al v. The City of Buffalo et al
A class action filed in Federal Court to stop illegal police stops in the City of Buffalo.
Chipego v. Five Star Bank
A two-state class action against Five Star Bank for sending faulty notices to consumers after their cars were repossessed.
McCoy v. Restaino
A Federal class action lawsuit addressing delays in processing public assistance applications by the Niagara County Department of Social Services.
Ally v. Jonathan
A defendant's appeal to Fourth Department, concerning standards of proof for summary judgment in a car loan deficiency case. The appeal was decided in our client's favor, and the money judgment was vacated, and the case remanded.
Town of West Seneca v. Select Portfolio Servicing
A State Supreme Court action we filed on behalf of the Town of West Seneca alleging the mortgage servicer's failure to maintain a property as required by RPAPL Sections 1308-1310. A settlement was reached whereby SPS agreed to pay the Town as well as set up a system for addressing zombie properties in the future.
Town of Clarence
Nationstar Mortgage d/b/a Mr. Cooper
A State Supreme Court action we filed on behalf of the Town of Clarence alleging the mortgage servicer's failure to maintain a property as required by RPAPL Sections 1308-1310. A settlement was reached to reimburse the Town for its expenses, and the collapsing property has been demolished.
Fein Such & Crane
A Federal class action lawsuit filed against a foreclosure plaintiff law firm concerning the attorneys’ fees and costs defendant charged in mortgage foreclosure actions. The complaint alleges that the defendant systematically and intentionally misrepresented, and attempted to collect from homeowners unreasonable and deceptive costs for foreclosure-related services that are either exaggerated or did not happen at all. WNYLC’s co-counsel are the Bromberg Law Office, PC, and the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC). This case has been referred to a Magistrate Judge. WNYLC’s co-counsel are the Bromberg Law Office, PC, and the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC).
Campaign to Ensure Affordable Water
The Law Center has helped lead a campaign in Buffalo and statewide to insure that access to water is affordable and to minimize water shutoffs for people struggling to pay their water bills. We lobbied with community and legal service organizations across the State to pass legislation making New York the first state to enact a law establishing protections against utility shut offs for residential customers of electric, gas, telephone, and water utilities during the pandemic.
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