Lawyers' Committee and Cooley LLP File Lawsuit on behalf of Tenants and Landlords Victimized by Mastic Beach's Discriminatory Housing Code Enforcement Practices
Mastic Beach, New York - On February 9, 2015, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers' Committee) and pro bono counsel Cooley LLP filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York in Central Islip on behalf of Long Island Housing Services, Inc. (LIHS), six tenants, and two landlords against the Village of Mastic Beach and the head of the Village's housing code enforcement, Timothy Brojer. The Lawyers' Committee and Cooley LLP are representing the plaintiffs on a pro bono basis. Read More »
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