Property Rights

Lippman v. City of Oakland

The Queen of Hearts would approve of Oakland “justice”

Oakland’s Building Services Division has a long history of mistreating the city’s property owners and engaging in systemic conflicts of interest. Thomas Lippman owns rental property in the city. The agency cited him for $10,000 worth of alleged building code violations. Lippman, who believes these citations are unwarranted, pursued an appeal but ran into a big problem: The only person who can hear appeals is appointed by Building Services! Not surprisingly, the agency’s hearing officer rubber-stamped the citations. Represented by PLF, Lippman is now suing in state court, arguing that Oakland’s refusal to establish a neutral appeals process violates state law.

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