01 Civ 6014

Background:  Applicants for and recipients of family assistance are required to cooperate with the Office of Child Support Enforcement, and can be sanctioned for failure to do so.  In 2001, NYLAG filed this class action challenging New York City’s failure to tell applicants and recipients that such sanctions are temporary and can be lifted as soon as they cooperate, as well as the City’s failure to lift sanctions promptly when sanctioned individuals are willing to cooperate.

After lengthy negotiations, which resulted in the City’s use of a new and improved notice, the Plaintiffs’ and Defendants’ counsel reached a settlement which was approved by the Court on March 29, 2004.  After several years of monitoring and enforcement, the case was concluded in 2011.

Number of Individuals Affected: approximately 20,000 individuals

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