New York Court Approves Settlement for Thousands of Disabled New Yorkers to Receive Millions of Dollars in Food Stamps

27 Sep, 2007, 01:00 ET from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

    NEW YORK, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Judge Richard M. Berman of the
 United States District Court for the Southern District of New York has
 approved a settlement in Harris v. Eggleston that is projected to bring
 millions of dollars in Food Stamps to thousands of poor and disabled New
 Yorkers. The total Food Stamps reimbursement could be as much as $71
 million.
     Despite a federal law that explicitly allows individuals to receive
 both federal disability benefits and Food Stamps and numerous warnings from
 the United States Department of Agriculture, which oversees the Food Stamps
 program, the New York City Human Resources Administration automatically
 terminated the Food Stamps of thousands of disabled welfare recipients when
 they were approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the federal
 benefit for low-income people who are too disabled to work.
     "I am elated that the court approved our settlement agreement," said
 Bill Lienhard, an attorney from the Urban Justice Center's Mental Health
 Project representing the plaintiffs. "I look forward to seeing thousands of
 poor and disabled New Yorkers finally receive the food stamps they need and
 deserve."
     "We are pleased that we could be the voice for such a large,
 disenfranchised group that has been erroneously denied the benefits that
 are rightfully theirs," said Jim Walden, Gibson Dunn partner representing
 the plaintiffs pro bono.
     A copy of the settlement is available at
 http://www.urbanjustice.org/ujc/projects/mental.html.
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    NEW YORK, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Judge Richard M. Berman of the
 United States District Court for the Southern District of New York has
 approved a settlement in Harris v. Eggleston that is projected to bring
 millions of dollars in Food Stamps to thousands of poor and disabled New
 Yorkers. The total Food Stamps reimbursement could be as much as $71
 million.
     Despite a federal law that explicitly allows individuals to receive
 both federal disability benefits and Food Stamps and numerous warnings from
 the United States Department of Agriculture, which oversees the Food Stamps
 program, the New York City Human Resources Administration automatically
 terminated the Food Stamps of thousands of disabled welfare recipients when
 they were approved for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the federal
 benefit for low-income people who are too disabled to work.
     "I am elated that the court approved our settlement agreement," said
 Bill Lienhard, an attorney from the Urban Justice Center's Mental Health
 Project representing the plaintiffs. "I look forward to seeing thousands of
 poor and disabled New Yorkers finally receive the food stamps they need and
 deserve."
     "We are pleased that we could be the voice for such a large,
 disenfranchised group that has been erroneously denied the benefits that
 are rightfully theirs," said Jim Walden, Gibson Dunn partner representing
 the plaintiffs pro bono.
     A copy of the settlement is available at
 http://www.urbanjustice.org/ujc/projects/mental.html.
     About Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
     Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is a leading international law firm.
 Consistently ranked among the world's top law firms by industry surveys and
 major publications, Gibson Dunn is distinctively positioned in today's
 global marketplace with more than 800 lawyers and 13 offices, including Los
 Angeles, New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Palo Alto, London,
 Paris, Munich, Brussels, Orange County, Century City, Dallas and Denver.
 For more information, please visit http://www.gibsondunn.com.
 
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