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BSF Brings Constitutional Challenge to DC's Tax Lien Foreclosure Laws


In a class action suit with national ramifications, BSF partner William Isaacson has filed suit against the DC property tax lien laws making headlines recently in Washington. DC, like other states, sells property tax liens at auction.  DC gives the buyer at auction the right to foreclose on the property and take all collateral in the home, no matter how small the lien. Named plaintiff Bennie Coleman lost his house in 2010 after failing to pay $134 in taxes four years previously. Coleman, a 78-year old ex-marine sergeant with dementia and no immediate family, is being represented pro bono by Boies, Schiller & Flexner.

Please click the below links for related media coverage. 

Legal Times, September 25, 2013
Boies Schiller Sues D.C. Over Controversial Tax Sales

Law360, September 25, 2013
Evicted Homeowners Challenge DC Property Tax Liens

Associated Press, September 25, 2013
Lawsuit in DC challenges tax lien practice

The Washington Post, September 24, 2013
Lawsuit challenges District’s tax-lien program, seeks compensation for families

Related Lawyer: William A. Isaacson

Related Practices: Pro Bono, Constitutional Law and First Amendment / Mass Media, Litigation