October 26, 2017

New Orleans unconstitutionally demolishes personal property

By New Orleans unconstitutionally demolishes personal property

“We were blindsided by the city,” said PLF client David Garrett. “You deserve at least a phone call or letter from the government—and an opportunity for a hearing—before it sends over a bulldozer. The city’s failure to contact us was simply outrageous.”

When David and Lourdes Garrett purchased a neglected townhouse from the City of New Orleans in 2015, they had plans to renovate it and rent it out. But they never had a chance. Approximately four months after the acquisition, the City demolished the building. It provided the Garretts with no prior notice, hearing, or opportunity to repair.

Hear from David Garrett as he details his constitutional challenge to these abuses of their fundamental property rights and due process rights.

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Garrett v. City of New Orleans

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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