May 16, 2013
Weil and The Legal Aid Society obtained a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the City on April 29th.
In her May 15th decision, Justice Chan ruled that plaintiffs have established a property interest in receiving housing assistance under the City’s program for a period longer than seven months, and “given the additional financial aid for defendants' housing programs coming seven months after the Hotel Program's inception, as forecasted, it can be said that there is a mutual understanding [between the City and the plaintiffs] that it would take more than seven months” to locate and place the households in alternate housing.
Please click here to read Justice Chan’s decision.
The suit, Sapp, et al. v. City of New York, was filed on behalf of 488 city-based households currently receiving hotel rental assistance after being forced from their homes by the October 29, 2012 superstorm. The lawsuit maintains that the City created the hotel rental assistance program to provide shelter “until permanent, safe and sustainable housing” was found for the evacuees, but has failed to provide adequate help in locating alternate housing.
Weil’s pro bono team – partner Konrad Cailteux, associates Isabella Lacayo, Jesse Morris and Emily Pincow, law clerk Chris Lewarne, and paralegals Elizabeth McConville and Kacey Carter – worked alongside The Legal Aid Society’s Josh Goldfein and Judith Goldiner on this matter.
This news appeared in the following outlets (may require registration/subscription):
- The Wall Street Journal: Judge Orders Hotel Shelters to Stay Open (May 15, 2013)
- NY 1 News: Hotel Stays Extended for Sandy Displaced Residents (May 15, 2013)
- Thomson Reuters News and Insight: NYC must keep paying for hotels for Sandy evacuees: judge (May 15, 2013)
- Law360: NYC Ordered To Extend Sandy Hotel Aid Program (May 15, 2013)
- The Epoch Times: Judge Orders City to Continue Housing Sandy Evacuees (May 15, 2013)
- New York Law Journal: Ruling Blocks City From Ending Sandy Hotel Program (May 16, 2013)
- The Legal Aid Society: Legal Aid Society and Weil Win Major Victory For Hundreds Of Sandy Evacuees (May 16, 2013)
- The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel: National Law Journal Names Weil To 2013 Intellectual Property Hot List (May 28, 2013)