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Supreme Court Update: Tyler v. Hennepin County

Roy Brandys and Andrew York

In Tyler v. Hennepin County, Minnesota, the County seized a condo and sold it for $40,000 to satisfy a $15,000 outstanding tax debt. The County then retained the remaining $25,000 in home equity. Tyler sued the County alleging the County's retention of the $25,000 in home equity was an unconstitutional taking. The District Court and Eighth Circuit ruled in favor of the County. Tyler appealed to SCOTUS and in a landmark unanimous opinion SCOTUS overturned the District and Circuit Courts, holding the retention of the home equity was an unconstitutional taking.