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Brooklyn woman, Legal Aid Society calls for better tenant protections

  • June 8, 2023

An East New York woman is in jeopardy of losing her home, and she and members of the Legal Aid Society are calling on Albany to put protections in place for tenants to not be victimized without good cause.

The apartment has been home to Camey King for over a decade, and she received an eviction notice in March to vacate her apartment. She says her rent payments are on time, and that she only recently learned her home had a new landlord.

The Legal Aid Society told News 12 that the home King lives in went into foreclosure back in 2016. According to a report filed in the foreclosure case, the new owner, SKZF 737 Mazel LLC, had purchased the property at 737 Alabama Ave. for $525,000, but the deed was effective dating back to Oct. 2021.

Three months after receiving the eviction notice, King was in housing court, hoping his cries would not fall on deaf ears after being told he needed to leave for no reason.

The Legal Aid Society is representing King in her case while calling on Albany to enact ‘good cause’ legislation to ensure that tenants in unregulated units have basic protections against unwarranted evictions and increasing unreasonable rent.

King’s current vacate deadline is May 15, and her lawyers say the goal is to ask for time for King to find a new place to live.

News 12 has reached out to the owners of the property and is awaiting a response.

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Ex-federal judge Yeakel joins law firm King & Spalding in Austin

  • May 18, 2023

(Reuters) – A former federal judge in Austin, Texas, has joined King & Spalding’s trials and global disputes practice group, the law firm said Monday.

U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel of the Western District of Texas handled several high-profile cases over his career, including one in which he overruled Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s ban on pandemic mask mandates in 2021. He said the governor’s order violated federal law and would put children with disabilities at risk.

Yeakel also ruled more than once to block abortion restrictions in the state.

Yeakel, who was appointed in 2003 by President George W. Bush and announced his retirement in March, will counsel clients on “all facets of the dispute process,” and represent them in court, according to King & Spalding. He joins the firm as senior counsel.

Yeakel said in a statement King & Spalding has a strong dispute practice and a growing Austin office.

King & Spalding’s other recent hires have included at least two partners for its special matters and government investigations team, including Alicia O’Brien, former special assistant to the president and White House senior counsel, and former assistant U.S. attorney Adam Baker.

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Minnesota Firehouse Subs Franchisee Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy | Franchise News

  • May 14, 2023

A Minneapolis Firehouse Subs franchisee has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, listing more than $1 million in debts, according to documents filed April 4.

MR Investments, led by Michael Ruoho, has two Firehouse Subs stores in two Minneapolis suburbs, as well as Pizza Man restaurants. MR Investments previously owned a third Firehouse location.

Ruoho’s attorney, John Lamey of Lamey Law Firm, provided no comment. Firehouse Subs did not respond to Franchise Times’ request for comment.

Ruoho listed liabilities totaling $1.14 million and assets totaling $68,376. MR Investments is based in Stillwater, Minnesota.

MR Investments received a $499,900 Economic Injury Disaster Loan from the Small Business Administration in June 2020.

MR Investment’s Woodbury, Minnesota, location has equipment assets totaling $56,873, but the liquidation price amounts to $28,314. The Plymouth, Minnesota, store’s assets total just shy of $55,000, with liquidation price amount to $27,483. The stores’ fixtures make up nearly all of his assets, with $8,000 listed for inventory and $4,578 for cash and other financial assets.

Ruoho is one of a handful of franchisees under the Restaurant Brands International umbrella who have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this year. RBI owns Tim Hortons, Burger King, Popeyes and Firehouse Subs.

Two large Burger King franchisees, TOMS King and Meridian Restaurants Unlimited, filed for bankruptcy in January and March, respectively. TOMS, a franchisee with 90 Burger King locations, cited a loss of foot traffic for its declining revenue. Meridian listed increased costs, as well as a low sales. Meridian has 118 Burger King units.

Premier Cajun Kings, a 19-unit Popeyes franchisee, filed for bankruptcy in March. The company’s owner, Manraj “Patrick” Sidhu, died suddenly in March 2022, which Premier said “triggered great operational instability.”

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