Court Annuls Woman’s $11,175 Fine for Posting Fliers
On April 2, 2015, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Paul Wooten ruled in the case, Pujols v. City of New York, that New York City violated the constitutional rights of babysitter Yasmin Pujols by fining her more than $11,000 for posting handbills advertising her business on city-owned property.
Pujols alleged she was unaware that she had violated New York City Administrative Code §10-119—which prohibits affixing handbills, stickers or any other printed material to city-owned structures such as bus shelters, trees and public garbage bins—until around September 2011, and ceased posting them at that point.
Following Administrative Law Judge Mitchell Regenbogen’s violation decision, Pujols received pro bono representation from James Bernard, a partner in Stroock’s Litigation Practice Group, as well as James Baker of the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation. As a result, the decision has been annulled.
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