Procedural Guarantees

Garrett v. City of New Orleans

New Orleans takes a wrecking ball to a couple’s constitutional rights

David and Lourdes Garrett had ambitious plans to renovate a dilapidated townhouse that they bought from the city of New Orleans. But their dream turned into a nightmare when—barely four months after they purchased the building—the city suddenly sent a wrecking crew and demolished it. The Garretts were stunned. They received no notice, no hearing, and no compensation. A federal district court dismissed claims the city violated their constitutional protections against property takings, due process failure, and unreasonable seizure. PLF won an appeal in federal circuit court which vacated the earlier ruling and said all of the Garretts’ claims can and should be heard in federal district court.

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