[Past Event] – Briefing: Home Equity Theft at the U.S. Supreme Court

Date: March 02, 2023
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Time: 2:00 p.m. EST – 3:00 p.m. EST

Join Pacific Legal Foundation experts to learn about our upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case Tyler v. Hennepin County and the implications for states that currently allow the practice of home equity theft. 

In 12 states and Washington DC, the government or a third-party investor are legally allowed to take an individual’s home for a minor unpaid tax debt, sell the property, and keep every penny.  

This is what happened to our 94-year-old client, Geraldine Tyler, when her condo and all her invested equity were taken to pay a much smaller tax debt. Geraldine was left with nothing. 

Unfortunately, Geraldine isn’t an outlier. PLF’s first-of-its-kind study of foreclosure laws reveals how big the problem is. Our research shows a total of $777 million in equity has been taken from thousands of homeowners over a seven-year period. 

A victory at the Supreme Court would affirm that home equity theft is wrong and unconstitutional. But states will need to take action to end the practice for good. 

You will hear from Christina Martin, the lead attorney in Tyler v. Hennepin County; our client Tawanda Hall, from our Sixth Circuit victory Hall v. Meisner; Angela Erickson, author of the new End Home Equity Theft report; and Daniel Dew, who has worked on legislative reforms in states like North Dakota, Montana, and Wisconsin.