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Freed v. Thomas

Gratiot County, Mich. officials foreclose on 35-acre parcel worth $100k over unpaid $2k tax debt. They sell the property for $42k and keep $2k to cover the tax bill—and keep the other $40k as well. District court: “In some legal precincts that sort of behavior is called theft.” Motion to dismiss denied.


Tags: 2018, Eastern District of Michigan, Eighth Amendment, Eminent Domain, Excessive Fines Clause, Fifth Amendment, Takings Clause, Tax

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