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    • M.W. et al v. Achievement First (2015)

      On November 5, 2015, the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG), together with Jenner & Block LLP, filed a class action complaint in the Eastern District of New York on behalf of students with disabilities who are enrolled at Achievement First Crown Heights, a charter school in Brooklyn. The plaintiffs in the case are children who have been diagnosed with autism, ADHD, developmental delays, speech and language delays, and other disabilities that entitle them to educational services and supports and to protection from discrimination.

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    • NYLAG v. U.S. Department of Education (2015)

      On May 18, 2015, the New York Legal Assistance Group filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education, to compel the Department to release documents outlining how students who have been harmed and misled by unscrupulous institutions of higher education can assert their rights to have their federal student loans cancelled.

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    • Improper Deprivations of SNAP Benefits (2015)

      On April 8, 2015, NYLAG sent a letter to NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA) and NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) for correction of a widespread pattern of improper deprivations of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, resulting from HRA workers’ failure to apply the proper Standard Utility Allowance (SUA) to clients’ SNAP budgets, in violation of 7 U.S.C.A. § 2014(e)(6)(C) and 18 NYCRR 387.12(f)(3)(v). NYLAG asked that they (1) correct ongoing SNAP budgets, (2) retroactively restore benefits lost due to the assignment of incorrect SUA levels, (3) revise Notices of Decision, and (4) ensure that workers calculate SNAP benefits using appropriate SUA levels in the future.

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    • Frica Sanchez v. ASA College (2014)

      In July 2014, NYLAG, together with co-counsel Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP, filed a Class Action Complaint in the United States District Court in Manhattan against ASA College and several of its officers, on behalf of eight Named Plaintiffs, who seek to represent a class of ASA’s past, current, and future students.

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    • Mayfield v. Asta Funding et al. (2014)

      In March 2014, the Special Litigation Unit filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of thousands of New Yorkers targeted in a multimillion dollar debt collection scheme. The suit, Mayfield v. Asta Funding, et. al, alleges that Palisades Collection of New Jersey and its law firm, Pressler & Pressler, aggressively used a strategy of improper litigation to wrongfully obtain and enforce millions of dollars of default judgments. Palisades Collection is a subsidiary of Asta Funding (NASDAQ: ASFI), one of the nation’s largest debt buyers.

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    • Salazar v. Arne Duncan, Sec. of U.S. Dept. of Education (2014)

      On February 24, 2014, The Special Litigation Unit filed a Class Action Complaint in the United States District Court in Manhattan against Arne Duncan, in his official capacity as the Secretary of the United States Department of Education (USED), on behalf of thousands of students who were victimized by the Wilfred American Education Corporation (Wilfred), a national chain of for-profit trade schools that engaged in widespread fraud and went out of business in the early 1990s.

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    • Hercules v. Doar (2010)

      This class action was filed in August 2010 against NYC Human Resources Administration and NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, on behalf of thousands of recipients of Safety Net Assistance living in households with children, whose public assistance benefits were unlawfully reduced or discontinued pursuant to incorrect and deficient notices that imposed excessively long sanctions for alleged violations of the public assistance employment requirements.

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    • Shakhnes v. Proud (2006)

      Shakhnes v. Eggleston was filed in 2006 against the New York City Human Resources Administration (“HRA”), the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance and the New York State Department of Health (“State Defendants”) challenging the failure of New York City and State to provide Medicaid-funded home health care applicants and recipients with final administrative action within 90 days of a fair hearing request; timely and adequate notice of adverse actions concerning Medicaid-funded home health care; and “aid continuing” when Medicaid-funded home health care recipients timely request fair hearings, as required by law and regulations.

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