Documents

Wayside Church v. Van Buren County Documents

Petition for Rehearing En Banc

Download

Case Attorneys

J. David Breemer

Senior Attorney

David (Dave) Breemer developed a passion for liberty while reading classics such as John Locke’s Two Treatises of Government and Thomas Paine’s The Rights of Man, as he pursued a … ›

View profile

Christina M. Martin

Attorney

Christina Martin is an attorney at PLF’s Florida office in Palm Beach Gardens. She litigates cases around the country to protect individual rights, property rights, and the rule of law.  … ›

View profile

Mark Miller

Senior Attorney

Mark Miller is a PLF Senior Attorney and manages PLF’s Florida office in Palm Beach Gardens. Mark’s work on behalf of property rights, the First Amendment, and our other constitutional … ›

View profile

Case Commentary

See all posts
Post

By Kate A. Pomeroy

Michigan’s foreclosure law: Efficient or unfair?

Taylor Popielarz of ABC57 News  (South Bend, IN) aired a terrific segment that questions whether or not Michigan’s foreclosure law is “efficient or unfair” We think you’ll agree the law is unfair even if it allows the government to efficiently take your property it doesn’t deserve

As you will recall, since last year, Christina Martin has been keeping you up to date on Michigan’s unjust, and unconstitutional foreclosure law in Wayside Church v Van Buren County Before PLF took over the direct representation of the victims of this unfair law, including Wayside Church, it filed an amicus brief to support them in the US Court of

Read more
Post

By Christina M. Martin

Groups ask Supreme Court to grant PLF’s petition in Wayside Church v. Van Buren County

This week several groups filed “friend of the court” briefs supporting PLF’s Supreme Court petition in Wayside Church v Van Buren County

Two of the amicus briefs—one by AARP and the other by the Buckeye Institute—focus on the need for the Court to review Michigan’s unjust tax foreclosure law Under this unjust and unconstitutional law, Van Buren County took Wayside Church’s property, sold it for $206,000 to pay around $16,750 in property taxes, penalties, fees, and interest The County then pocketed all of the remaining profit as a windfall Similarly, the county took the farm and home where Henderson Hodgens grew up, and sold it for $47,750 to pay

Read more
Post

By Christina M. Martin

Michigan turns foreclosure into a government self-enrichment machine

Today, National Review published my article discussing, Wayside Church v Van Buren County, PLF’s case challenging legalized theft in Michigan Michigan’s unjust property tax law allows local governments to steal from people who fall behind on their property taxes As I explain in the article,

Can the government take your home and all your equity in it if you fall behind on your property taxes or — like many people in Flint, Mich — refuse to pay your water bill? The state of Michigan and a handful of other states think so These states’ odd tax laws allow counties to take and sell tax-delinquent properties and keep all the

Read more