Civil Rights

WE FIGHT FOR CLIENTS WHOSE CIVIL RIGHTS HAVE BEEN DENIED within New York State and beyond. Such cases include false arrest, use of excessive force, and the right to due process. Our goal is to hold accountable those who have intentionally violated our clients' basic civil rights. We also advise clients on their rights and freedoms, as a tool of empowerment and education.

Social Justice

Barker v. Rokosz, et al. (E.D.N.Y. 2019)

  • Richman Law & Policy and co-counsel Mobilization for Justice represent Ms. Barker, an Afro-Caribbean cancer survivor who is at risk of losing her Brooklyn home of over 35 years due to a fraudulent equity-stripping scheme.
  • Plaintiff brought suit against 10 defendants, alleging violations of the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Home Ownership Equity Protection Act (HOEPA), New York Banking Law § 6-l, and New York State usury law against a private lender, and violations of General Business Law § 349 and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) against all Defendants.
  • As described in plaintiff’s Complaint, defendants regularly target distressed homeowners with equity in their homes, require them to transfer title to sham corporations so as to circumvent consumer protection laws, and issue loans that extract usurious rates of interest through deceptive means.
Read the complaint here.

Merizier, et al. v. Nexus Services, Inc., et al., No. CGC-19-58016 (Cal. Superior)

  • Two individuals filed suit against Nexus Services, Inc., and its subsidiary Libre By Nexus, Inc., concerning allegations of unfair and exploitative bail financing targeted at immigrant detainees.
  • Plaintiffs, like many immigrant detainees and their families who contract with defendants, speak limited or no English. The complaint alleges that defendants take advantage of immigrant detainees’ limited English and difficulty in securing other financing to pressure them into signing contracts they do not understand.
  • These contracts allegedly contain unconscionable terms, including the requirement to pay exorbitant fees to lease the ankle monitor that Defendants use to monitor their clients.
  • Plaintiffs filed this suit seeking damages on their own behalf and a public injunction to ensure that other immigrant detainees are not taken advantage of in the future.
​Read the complaint here.

Nigro v. The City of New York et al., No. 1:19-cv-02369 (S.D.N.Y.)

  • Richman Law & Policy represents Michael Nigro, an award-winning photographer, in a suit against the City of New York for violations of his Civil Rights.
  • The complaint alleges that Mr. Nigro was falsely arrested while photographing a newsworthy event.
​Read the complaint here.