Court Grants Preliminary Approval of Settlement in Case Affecting Tens of Thousands of Low-Income New Yorkers With Disabilities
TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2015

Federal District Court Judge Katherine B. Forrest will hold a Fairness Hearing on June 22, 2015, at the Federal Courthouse in Manhattan to review a proposed settlement in a class action case called Lovely H. v. Eggleston, 05 CV 6920. The case was filed in federal court in the Southern District of New York by The Legal Aid Society and our Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, on behalf of people with disabilities.

This case challenged the New York City Human Resources Administration’s rules and systems for people with disabilities who receive Cash Assistance and SNAP and Medicaid. Both sides in the case have agreed to settle it and have asked the judge to approve the settlement. In the settlement, HRA has agreed to change some of its rules to better help people with disabilities be able to get Cash Assistance and SNAP. If approved by the Court, the settlement will likely benefit tens of thousands of the most vulnerable New Yorkers who depend on HRA to help them with basic necessities such as food and shelter. Last year the Court approved the settlement of another part of the case, and more than 15,000 individual class members are receiving retroactive cash and food stamps benefits.

Katie Kelleher and Susan Welber, Staff Attorneys in the Society’s Civil Law Reform Unit, are the lead attorneys for the case, and over the past ten years have garnered support from all of the Society’s neighborhood offices and staff in securing this significant victory. Pro bono counsel from Milbank includes partner Sean Murphy and associates Andrea Hood and Sarah Rothenberg, who, along with their colleagues contributed countless hours to help make this settlement possible.

A copy of the Notice of the Proposed Settlement and Fairness Hearing which describes the settlement can be found here (English) and (Spanish) and the full settlement can be found here.

For more information about the case, you can call our toll free number at (844)816-1816; or, by email contact mkuether@legal-aid.org.