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Lawyer who sued NYC restaurants, delis is suspended

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A Big Apple attorney who sued hundreds of New York City’s restaurants and delis for failing to pay their workers has been suspended from practicing law after he was found to have stiffed his own clients.

Michael Faillace received a two-year suspension from practicing in federal courts in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, according to court orders issued on Nov. 8 and 9.

A grievance committee of judges in the Manhattan-based Southern District found that “on numerous occasions” Faillace
“disregarded court orders” and “took funds to which clients were entitled into the Faillace Firm’s business account as attorneys’ fees
in excess of the amount awarded.”

In one case, the Faillace’s firm collected an additional $75,000 in settlement money beyond what was allotted, and in another, took half of a $100,000 settlement rather than the court mandated one-third, according to the court order.

Michael Faillace & Associates filed 165 cases in Manhattan and Brooklyn federal courts in 2021 alone.
Michael Faillace & Associates filed 165 cases in Manhattan and Brooklyn federal courts in 2021 alone.
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The order said that Faillace submitted a declaration admitting to the charges against him and taking responsibility for violating the court’s rules. He was directed to share the suspension order with state and local courts.

Faillace represented workers at restaurants, delis and small businesses who claimed they had been denied overtime or proper wages. But some of the businesses said the suits were meritless, and in one case, Faillace’s firm had to pay a defendant’s legal fees after filing complaints from a worker who was claiming to be in two places at once.

Deli shop in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
Faillace’s firm is now being renamed CSM Legal.
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His epoynmous firm, Michael Faillace & Associates, filed 165 cases in Manhattan and Brooklyn federal courts in 2021 alone.

The firm is being renamed as CSM Legal P.C., Faillace said in court papers submitted last month withdrawing from his cases. Faillace refused to comment when contacted by The Post.

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