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Michigan’s home equity theft targeted in new lawsuit

Perez v. Wayne County

Though Erica Perez and her family spent most of their lives in New Jersey, they had their sights set on Detroit to join their relatives who already lived there. In 2012, Erica and her father Romualdo bought a property containing a four-unit apartment building and a dilapidated single-family home in Detroit for $60,000. They spent three years fixing ...

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July 15, 2019

Washington Court of Appeals rejects Seattle’s “wealth tax”

Seattle, July 15, 2019: Today, the Washington State Court of Appeals released its decision in a case challenging Seattle's so-called wealth tax. The court ruled that the Washington State Constitution requires that an income tax be equal on all people, meaning that Seattle could not lawfully target one group of people with the tax. "For ...

July 10, 2019

Ninth Circuit vacates Joe Robertson’s Clean Water Act conviction

July 10, 2019: Today the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the conviction of Navy veteran Joe Robertson, who was sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay $130,000 in fines after he dug fire-fighting ponds near his home in Montana. Sadly, Joe passed away in March, but his wife, Carri Robertson, continued ...

July 09, 2019

Michigan’s home equity theft targeted in new lawsuit

Detroit; July 9, 2019: A lawsuit filed today challenges Michigan's predatory home equity theft policy, which allows counties to take property to settle back taxes, sell it, and pocket all of the proceeds from the sale — in amounts that are often many times larger than the initial debts.  The suit was brought by Erica Perez against Wayne Co ...

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July 16, 2019

The Hill: The buck stops here: How to restore accountability to the federal regulatory system

On President Harry Truman's desk in the Oval Office sat a sign that read, famously, "The buck stops here." That four-word motto clearly articulated the fundamental principle of accountability — Truman understood that when it came time to make a decision, it was his responsibility, and he would answer for the consequences. Most of us ...

July 16, 2019

The Morning Call: It’s my farm but it’s everybody’s Constitution

When you live in a small community, your neighbors and elected officials are often one and the same. The best way to keep tabs on both is to stay involved and ask tough questions. And if the two worlds collide, make a federal case out of it. That's what I did when some officials in ...

July 15, 2019

The Daily Caller: The Supreme Court Gets It Right Thanks To Justice Roberts

Before he was confirmed to the Supreme Court in 2006, Chief Justice John Roberts described judges as umpires calling balls and strikes, without regard to who was pitching or hitting. But how impartial would an umpire be if one team could redefine the strike zone to suit their pitcher's or batters' skills? That is one ...

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